TWO men have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into stolen vehicles from Southport.
At around 9.10pm on Sunday, June 19, officers were called to a report of a cloned vehicle when a Vauxhall Corsa was spotted being driven into Southport.
Car cloning, or vehicle identity theft as it's also known, is an illegal practice whereby a vehicle is given new number plates to replicate a similar car, of the same make, model and colour.
Officers conducted a search of the area and managed to find the vehicle hidden inside a locked compound on an industrial estate on Canning Road, which officers believe was used to disassemble stolen motor vehicles.
The following day, a Ford CMAX and a VW Tiguan were seen near the compound.
Officers searched for the vehicles after they failed to stop for police in the area and found them on Wango Lane, Aintree where they were stopped by officers.
Two men aged 24 and 42 from Liverpool were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.
They were taken to a police station in Merseyside and released under investigation.
Detective Inspector James Halpin said: “We hope these arrests show how seriously we tackle the issue of car thefts, and have seized many of those vehicles stolen.
“An extensive investigation is ongoing and forensic examination of vehicles and parts continues in the area.
“We would urge anyone who has any intelligence or knows someone involved in this crime to contact Merseyside Police social media desk Merseyside Police Contact Centre so we can investigate.”
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact detectives via Merseyside Police Contact Centre, 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, with reference 22000381661.