Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.
Two young boys arrested after stealing car with children still inside: They had stolen a car with the owner’s two children still inside. West Midlands Police (WMP), who described the incident as “shocking”, said they were alerted after receiving a call from a man who said his car had been stolen off his driveway.
The call was made at around 5pm yesterday with the man telling police his two and four-year-old boys were still inside the vehicle. The police said in a statement “Officers from response, traffic and firearms were immediately dispatched along with our dog units and the helicopter to take part in the search.”
The Seat Leon was stopped on the A38 Bristol Road near the Belgrave Interchange. Armed police said the car had been seen driving the wrong way on a dual carriageway. The two suspects, both 15, tried to flee the scene but were captured and arrested. WMP said “Thankfully both children were found safe and well inside the car and reunited with their parents at the roadside.”
Chief Inspector Lee Wiggan, Force Incident Manager, said “This type of incident is every parent’s worst nightmare, but thankfully we were able to stop the car and reunite the family less than fifteen minutes after it was stolen. It’s a fantastic outcome to what was a very serious, urgent incident and my thanks go to the officers involved as well as West Midlands Ambulance Service for their support.”
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