Five people taken to hospital after ‘stolen BMW’ being chased by police helicopter ploughs into two cars


A number of people have been hospitalized after a suspected stolen BMW which was being chased by police crashed into two other cars in Rochdale.

Officers from GMP deployed a helicopter after the car, which was believed to have been stolen in Oldham some days earlier, was spotted near to junction 19 of the M60 at about 9.35pm on Sunday night (April 10).

A patrol car pursued the BMW towards Rochdale and then back towards Middleton before officers decided to call of the chase. The vehicle was later picked up by the force’s aircraft, police said.

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The ‘stolen’ car is then understood to have smashed into two other vehicles on Townley Street in Middleton at about 10.15pm. Three men fled the scene but were located and arrested a short time later.

Two of the men required hospital treatment for what police described as ‘minor injuries.’ A 20-year-old man is now in custody having been arrested on suspicion of burglary, dangerous driving and possession of a bladed article.



Fire crews at the scene of the crash

The other two men – aged 18 and 19 – were arrested on suspicion of burglary. The occupants of the two other vehicles involved in the collision – two men and a woman – were also taken to hospital. Their injuries are said to be minor.

A spokesperson for GMP said: “Three men are in police custody after a stolen car crashed in Middleton. Officers spotted the suspect car – a BMW believed to have been stolen in Royton, Oldham on 7 April – near junction 19 of the M60 at about 9:35pm last night (10 April).

“A GMP patrol followed the stolen car towards Rochdale and then back towards Middleton before the pursuit was discontinued and picked up by the force helicopter. The stolen vehicle then collided with two vehicles on Townley Street, Middleton, at about 10:15pm.

“Three males fled the scene on foot but were arrested a short time later with two requiring hospital treatment for minor injuries. A 20-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, dangerous driving and possession of a bladed article.



The scene of the crash

“The other two – aged 18 and 19 – have been arrested on suspicion of burglary. The occupants of the other two vehicles – two men and a woman – were taken to hospital with minor injuries.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “Just after 10.30pm this evening (Sunday 10 th April), two fire engines from Chadderton and Heywood fire station along with the Technical Response Unit from Ashton were called to reports of a road traffic collision involving three vehicles on Oldham Road, Middleton.

“Crews arrived quickly at scene. One person was rescued from one of the vehicles by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Firefighters and colleagues from North West Ambulance Service treated eight people at the scene, before they were taken to hospital. Firefighters were in attendance for about an hour and a half.”




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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