Two arrested after police trap stolen car in Dagenham

Lodge Avenue. Picture: Google

Lodge Avenue. Picture: Google - Credit: Google

Two males were arrested this afternoon after police carried out a “re-enforced stop” on a stolen vehicle in Dagenham.

Officers arrested and charged the 46-year-old driver and a 15-year-old boy with a string of offences at about 2pm after preventing the grey Honda from “making off” in Lodge Avenue.

A member of the public had alerted police to males changing registration plates on a vehicle yesterday afternoon.

Officers responding to the call then saw the car on the move earlier today.

One squad car signalled the vehicle to stop while another pulled in front of it in a “re-enforced stop”, said a Metropolitan Police spokesman.

The 46-year-old was charged with driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, taking and driving away (TDA), possession of class A drugs and two counts of possession of points and blades.

The 15-year-old male was charged with allowing to be carried in a stolen vehicle.

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Thieves had stolen the car in a burglary at a Dagenham address overnight between New Year’s Day and Tuesday.

It has since been reunited with “one happy owner”, the spokesman said.