Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbery after a Toyota Prius was stolen off a Bolton driveway this morning.

Officers were called to a report from the car's owner that the keys to his Toyota Prius had been stolen and three men had returned to try to take his car from his driveway at a property in Waterside Gardens, Astley Bridge.

Response officers quickly identified the stolen vehicle as it headed to Bolton town centre.

The car was stopped a short time later and three men were detained and have bee taken to custody.

The three, aged 36, 36 and 34 were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

A fourth man, who police believe was also involved in this incident, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

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Inspector Wayne Warner from GMP's Bolton division said: “I am really happy to be able to give the victim of this crime the keys back to his car.

"Vehicle crime is one of Bolton’s biggest areas of concern and we are doing all we can to try and eradicate this from the town.

“The force has a number of ongoing operations to stop thieves in their tracks and progress is being made across the whole of Greater Manchester.

“If you have a keyless entry car, please keep your keys in your property and well away from your parking space, consider purchasing a Faraday Pouch or steering wheel lock – which is proven to be a brilliant deterrent. I'd also encourage those with garages to use them."