Theft of lead from Bangor University: Two in custody

Two men are currently in police custody following a report that lead had been stolen from Bangor University last night (Monday, September 21st).

At 10:30pm police received a report from security at the University site on Ffriddoedd Road that lead had been stolen and suspects had made off in a vehicle.

Details of the vehicle were given and staff from the North Wales Police Control Room got to work to trace the car. Despite the partial registration they traced a Vauxhall Zafira heading out of Bangor on the eastbound carriageway of the A55 and officers from the Roads Policing Unit were dispatched.

The car was still being traced and officers, who were waiting in St Asaph, signalled for the vehicle to stop, but it failed to do so exceeding speeds of 100mph, and a pursuit was authorised.

Officers from the Eastern Roads Policing Unit and the Intercept Team were also dispatched and utilised a stinger device near Northop. The Zafira then slowed down, and came off the A55 at Buckley.

The vehicle came to a stop and the driver was arrested. Despite the passenger making off on foot, he was found hiding in a nearby garden.

A quantity of lead was also recovered from the vehicle.

Both men – aged 36 and 58 and who are from the Manchester area, were arrested and taken to police custody where they currently remain.