Stolen vehicle pursuit man arrested

Police have arrested a 19 year old man from Wigton on suspicion of robbery.

At 1pm today (8th November), police received a report of a robbery of a car where a woman, from Wigton, was threatened with a firearm. She was unharmed though shaken by the incident.

Armed police were deployed to area and a search began for the vehicle, a dark blue Corsa, and the offender, which left the area via High Street.

At approximately 2pm a further robbery took place at Kirkbride Post Office, where a woman was threatened by a man brandishing a firearm. A quantity of cash was stolen, and the man made off towards Wigton in the Corsa. Again no one was harmed during this incident.

Police located the vehicle and a high speed pursuit took place through Mawbray, Allonby, and then the A596 towards Marport. He headed towards Aspatria and a stinger was used to bring the car to a safe stop on the A596 between Prospect and Aspatria.

A firearm and a quantity of cash has been recovered.

Armed officers and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) assisted in the search for the suspect.

The A596 will remain closed between Prospect and Aspatria for the next two hours for recovery and forensics. Diversions are in place, and people are asked to avoid the area where possible.

The man is currently being questioned by detectives

Superintendent Andrew Towler, for Cumbria Police, said:

“I am pleased we were able to find and arrest the suspect so quickly, and no one was harmed during the two robberies. Incidents like this are thankfully rare in Cumbria, and we work hard to keep our local communities safe.

“I would like to thank the officers involved for such an effective and professional resolution to a potentially dangerous situation.

“If anyone has any information relating to today’s events please call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”