Police arrest ‘stolen’ Range Rover with cloned number plates in Manchester city center

One person has been arrested after police stopped a Range Rover reported stolen in Manchester.

The car had reportedly been the subject of a keyless theft at the Marriott near Manchester Airport.

Fake number plates and a cloned key had been added to the vehicle, but officers were able to stop the car safely and avoid a chase, the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) City Center said on Twitter in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“#GMPTransportUnit #AReliefXM and #CReliefXM with great teamwork, identifying and safely stopping this excellent stolen Rangey (Keyless theft from Marriott Hale) on false plates with a cloned key, while avoiding a chase in the city. 1 arrested.”

According to a report in the Birmingham Mail, a car is stolen from an owner somewhere in the UK every 11 minutes.

DVLA data shows that the Ford Fiesta Zetec (418) was the most stolen car in 2021, with Range Rover Sports in third place (315).

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