Three men have been bailed and two released under investigation after police foiled a robbery in Manchester City Centre.
Between Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 September 2018, police received four reports that victims in the city centre had been robbed after being coaxed into a dark Audi A6.
On Thursday 20 September 2018, officers from GMP’s Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit were patrolling the city centre when a car matching the description was identified.
Officers pursued the car, bringing it to a tactical stop on Lloyd Street North in Manchester. It was then established that they had stopped a robbery in progress.
Following the operation and subsequent house searches, five men were arrested.
Three men aged 18, 23 and 25 have since been bailed pending further enquiries.
Two men aged 18 and 29 have been released under investigation.
Detective Sergeant Nick Gibson, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “I understand that these incidents will have caused concern across the city centre and I would like to continue to reassure the community that we have increased patrols in the area and continue to have dedicated patrols on the streets as part of our Student Safe campaign.
“While we arrested five men in connection with these robberies, our investigation remains ongoing and I would urge anyone with information to get in touch with us on 101 or to approach officers on patrol who will happily assist you in any way they can.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 947 of 20/09/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.