A man has been arrested and police recovered a stolen van after a pursuit near York.

Officers followed the Ford Transit as it travelled into North Yorkshire from the Wetherby area.

The driver failed to stop and led police on a pursuit that lasted several miles as the vehicles headed from Walshford towards York.

A National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter helped track the suspect.


The incident happened just before 9am yesterday.

Officers laid a ‘stinger’ device on roads in Long Marston but the suspect abandoned the vehicle. He made off on foot and was chased and detained by police.

A Gateshead man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle and motoring offences.

He was taken into custody and has been released on bail today while further enquiries are carried out.