Cumbria

Three men escape in high speed chase in north Cumbria

Police are hunting three men who led them on a high speed chase in north Cumbria and threw a bicycle at them from a stolen car.

Officers spotted the Seat car with a stolen quad bike on its roof in Maryport early on Monday.

The quad bike fell off and the car, travelling at 110mph, was followed through Wigton and Durdar.

A cycle, beer cans and head-rest were thrown at officers. The men fled when the car stopped in Durdar.

An officer who tackled one of the men as they tried to escape needed hospital treatment for a dislocated shoulder.

Sgt Paul Brown, of Cumbria Police, who was involved in the chase, said: "This was a highly dangerous situation that saw innocent members of the public put at risk by the actions of these irresponsible males.

Stopped by stinger

"We received support from Lancashire who supplied a helicopter so that we could begin a thorough land and air search.

"Our efforts continue this morning and we are exploring all possible avenues in order to trace these men."

During the chase, the men smashed the rear windscreen of the stolen car and threw items out at officers, police said.

The men eventually jumped out of the car when it was stopped by a stinger device in Durdar at around 0420 BST.

They were wearing dark hooded tops and escaped across fields.

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