Man arrested following reports of motorbikes being stolen in Corsham
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A Bristol man was arrested in Corsham last week on suspicion of going equipped to steal and drug driving.
In the early hours of Friday August 4, police received calls from the public reporting that attempts were being made to steal motorbikes in Methuen Way and Sandy Lea Avenue.
A description was passed to officers and units were dispatched. Roads Policing officers initially stopped a motorbike in Westwood Road but the rider took evasive action and used public footpaths in an attempt to make off from police until they were lost from sight.
Officers continued with area searches and with the support from the drone unit, sighted a Vauxhall Astra believed to be in convoy with the motorbike. The Astra was seen to take evasive action and was eventually stopped by officers.
The driver, a 19-year-old man from Bristol was arrested on suspicion of drug driving, theft of a motor vehicle and going equipped for theft of a motor vehicle.
He has since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
A number of items consistent with going equipped to commit theft were seized from the vehicle.
Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the Methuen Way or Sandy Lea Avenue areas of Corsham during the early hours of Friday should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54230081768.
Wiltshire Police is making road safety a focus for the entire force over the summer through robust enforcement and driver education.
This follows the death of 13 people on Wiltshire’s roads so far this year.