June 28, 2017
Police helicopter tracked shop raiders through Burnham-On-Sea area

Nine people suspected of ram-raiding a shop in Exeter have been arrested 95 miles away after a police chase along the M5 motorway, including through the Burnham-On-Sea area at the weekend.

The incident started in Exeter at a little after 9.30pm on Saturday night.

Police believe the men used two white vans to raid a commercial unit before piling the vehicles with high-value electrical goods and making off.

Traffic police and a helicopter from four forces were involved in chasing the two vans along the M5 through Devon and then across Somerset, including through the Burnham-On-Sea area.

The first vehicle was stopped just over the border in Somerset and five men were arrested.

The second vehicle continued up the M5 and got a considerable distance along the M4 where it was finally stopped at a service station north of Chippenham where four more men were arrested.

Police say all of the electrical equipment was recovered at an estimated value of £200,000.


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