Kent

Stinger used in BMW theft alert in Herne Bay

Police used a "stinger" device to stop a stolen BMW before arresting two teenagers.

Kent Police said specially-trained officers carried out the operation in Herne Bay on Thursday morning.

Officers said an automatic number plate recognition camera flagged the vehicle up as stolen when it was being driven in Canterbury.

The driver failed to stop for a patrol car and a stinger, which is used to puncture the tyres of a car, was used.

Horse not injured

Police said the BMW knocked the wing mirror off a van and collided with a horsebox during the operation in Canterbury Road at about 1000 BST.

A horse was in the box at the time, but was not injured, a police spokesman said.

Surrounding roads were closed until 1130 BST while police ensured no spikes from the stinger were left on the highway and the BMW was recovered.

A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man who were arrested on suspicion of stealing a car were being questioned in police custody.

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