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Three teenagers bailed after town centre incident

Three people who were arrested following an incident in Congleton town centre on Saturday have now been bailed, police said today.

At around 3.55pm on Saturday, officers asked the driver of a silver Volkswagen Golf to pull over on Mountbatten Way. The vehicle failed to stop and turned into Market Street and drove down the pedestrianised area of Bridge Street – while the makers’ market was taking place. The police said they did not pursue the vehicle.

Police said the incident caused “alarm and distress” to shoppers, but there were no injuries.

Three suspects, two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl, were all arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and dangerous driving.

All three have since been released on conditional bail. The incident is not being treated as terrorist related.

Insp Jim Adams, of Congleton’s local policing unit, said: “I understand the concern that this incident is likely to have caused in the local and I would like to reassure residents that this is not being treated as a terrorist incident.

“We will continue to have increased patrols in the area, and I would urge anyone with any concerns to speak to an officer.

“The three teenagers who were arrested in relation to the incident have now been released on conditional bail while we conduct further enquiries.

“As part of our investigation we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident and saw the occupants fleeing the vehicle.

“The same goes for anyone with any CCTV or video footage of the incident.”¬

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 1422052, information can also be reported online here .

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