Merseyside Police has arrested a man on suspicion of various offences following the theft of a car from a forecourt in Birkenhead in the early hours of Tuesday 5 October.

At around 12.20am, officers were called to Wirral Way Service Station on Borough Road to reports of a Mini being stolen from the forecourt.

With the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, a search was carried out of the area and the car was found to have crashed in Park Road South. Further enquiries led to a man being detained at a nearby address.

A 35-year-old man from Rock Ferry was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, disqualified driving, and failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He remains in custody for questioning.

Detective inspector Barbara Hebden said: “This would have been a shocking incident to have experienced or witnessed and thankfully nobody was injured during the theft or the driving which followed.

“Although a man is in custody, we’re still keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident or captured anything on CCTV, dashcam or other devices as we continue to investigate.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre quoting reference 21000690287.

Anonymous information can also be passed the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via its online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information.