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Armed police in 20-minute car chase that ended in three arrests

Suspects throw weapon and other items from vehicle as they flee

10 August, 2018 — By William McLennan

Police recovered a machete that was thrown from the car

THREE men were arrested by armed police after a 20-minute pursuit through the streets of Camden in the early hours of today.

The Met’s firearms unit attempted to pull over a Volkswagen Golf in Cliff Villas, off Camden Park Road, at about 12:30am. The driver then reversed and “rammed” the police car before driving off at speed, the Met said.

Officers gave chase, as the driver of the Golf was alleged to have jumped multiple red lights and driven the wrong way down a one-way street.

Police said several items were thrown from the car during the chase, including a machete that was later seized by officers.

After a police helicopter joined the pursuit, the suspect car came to a stop in Mercers Road in Islington.

Six occupants of the car were seen to have fled on foot. Three of them were arrested in Huddleston Road, Tufnell Park, after a search involving the police helicopter, sniffer dogs and armed police.

Police are still hunting for the other three occupants of the vehicle.

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker, from the Met’s Force Firearms Unit, said: “The actions of the men involved in this incident show a complete disregard for the safety of the general public and of the police officers involved. I am incredibly proud of the officers who worked closely with colleagues from NPAS to track down and apprehend these men.

“They made a clear attempt to discard weapons and evidence of criminality, but this incident should send a clear message that if you are considering carrying a weapon, committing an act of violence or fleeing from police – we will track you down and we will use a range of tactics and tools to apprehend you.”

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