100mph chase through Kettering ends with police using 'stinger' to stop getaway car

Two masked robbers hunted down after 999 call thwarts Telford Way burglary

By Kevin Nicholls
Friday, 19th June 2020, 11:26 am
Updated Friday, 19th June 2020, 11:28 am

Two men were arrested following a 100mph chase through 30mph zones in Kettering after police interrupted a burglary on a Kettering industrial estate.

Cops from the county's crack Road Crime Team halted the would-be thieves ten miles away on the A508 by using a 'stinger' to stop the BMW getaway car.

Kettering Police rushed to Henson Way after a 999 call alerted them to two masked men breaking into an industrial unit on the town's Telford Way estate at 5.55pm on Thursday (June 18).

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The crooks ran off as police arrived, speeding away in a black BMW 3 series. But they were chased and finally stopped near Lamport with one of the county's police dogs, PD Kez, making sure they did not try to flee.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "The force’s Road Crime Team were deployed and a pursuit began down the A14 and onto the A508, with the BMW travelling in excess of 100mph in 30mph zones.

"Finally, on Lamport Road, officers deployed the stinger which forced it to stop. Two men, aged 37 and 40 were arrested in connection with the incident."

'Stingers' are retractable spike strips — officially known as tyre deflation devices — designed to puncture tyres of oncoming vehicles when they are thrown into its path by an officer from the roadside who quickly snaps the tool back out of the way before following police vehicles drive through.

Police from the Road Crime Team halted the getaway BMW following an attempted robbery in Kettering. Photos: Northamptonshire Police

They gradually deflate tyres making it significantly more difficult for crooks evading police to continue driving without causing the vehicle to lose control and endangering lives.

Northamptonshire Police increased the number of vehicles equipped with 'stingers' from six to 15 last October.

Police used a 'stinger' to deflate tyres on the fleeing BMW