Police have seized a vehicle and a man has been arrested on suspicion of numerous driving offences.

Following enquiries officers discovered that the vehicle seen in Astley Bridge last night (Saturday November 25), was cloned and using the same plates as someone from London, and had no insurance.

The vehicle was spotted again on Moss Bank Way by officers from GMP's Road Policing and Specialist Operations, which led to a police pursuit involving a police helicopter.

A spokesperson from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “Officers from the Bolton North Neighbourhood Team sighted a suspicious vehicle in the Astley Bridge area earlier this evening.

“Checks revealed that it was a cloned vehicle, using the same number plates as a vehicle down south.

“The vehicle was sighted again a couple of hours later on Moss Bank Way by officers from GMP's Road Policing and Specialist Operations.

“The vehicle didn't want to stop for officers, and it was pursued around Bolton, with help from the police helicopter.

“The driver abandoned the vehicle and made off near to Moss Bank Park but following a search by the helicopter and a police dog, the driver was detained.

“The true registration of the vehicle was identified, which showed that there was no insurance in place.

“The vehicle has been seized.

“A 23-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop, no insurance and no licence.

“He remains in police custody for questioning.”

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