Police helicopter, armed officers and dogs all drafted in to arrest a teenager in a Harborough district village on suspicion of theft

Leicestershire Roads Policing Unit (RPU) said they were asked to “hunt a cloned car” behind the theft of high-value catalytic converters from motors in Hertfordshire

Friday, 12th February 2021, 3:11 pm

The police helicopter, armed officers and dogs were all drafted in as a teenager was arrested in a Harborough district village on suspicion of theft.

The 18-year-old man was held in Mere Lane, Bitteswell, near Lutterworth, at 5.30pm yesterday (Thursday) and a dark Audi hatchback seized.

The huge co-ordinated police operation was launched after Leicestershire Police were called in by the Hertfordshire force.

The 18-year-old man was held in Mere Lane, Bitteswell, near Lutterworth, at 5.30pm yesterday (Thursday) and a dark Audi hatchback seized.

Leicestershire Roads Policing Unit (RPU) said they were asked to “hunt a cloned car” behind the theft of high-value catalytic converters from motors in Hertfordshire.

They said that an armed response vehicle (ARV) and dog handlers were scrambled along with the National Police Air Service helicopter.

And just 35 minutes after being alerted the teenage suspect from Welwyn Garden City, Herts, was arrested in Bitteswell “on suspicion of theft”.

“The arrest relates to an incident in the Hertfordshire area.

“The man was transferred to Hertfordshire Constabulary,” said Leicestershire Police.