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Stolen BMW with 4 occupants ended up in the Grand union canal

Updated: Mar 3, 2019

Lead Picture by Leicester Media © 2019

Joy riders ends up in deep water

The Rally Soar Lane Leicester. Police incident BMW car in water. Reports of fail to stop for Police, all 3 emergency services are in attendance.

What we know so far the car was being Chased by police, with the aid of the police helicopter after failing to stop, the car crashed through the railing into the Grand Union Canal. just after the bridge. Occupants rescued from water and taken to hospital.

Updated Police Statement

Issued on 2/3/19 at 8:30 p.m.

Police are investigating after a car failed to stop in Vaughan Way, Leicester, around 9.15pm yesterday (1 March).

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle following concerns about the manner in which it was being driven.

The car left the scene and was followed by officers on to Soar Lane where it collided with fencing and entered the Grand Union Canal.

The four occupants of the vehicle were taken to hospital, where one currently remains. Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening or life changing.

Initial enquires suggest the car had been stolen from the Metropolitan Police force area.

Three men – aged 28, 24 and 23 were arrested on suspicion of failing to stop and theft of a motor vehicle. They have since been released on police bail.

A 23-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of the same offences.

A scene preservation was on in Soar Lane while officers carried out initial enquiries but has since been lifted.

Pictures of the scene at Soar Lane Leicester (Grand Union Canal) By Leicestermedia online

BBC News Report (Video and Pictures By Leicester Media)


A 2 hour recovery operation to remove a stolen BMW from the Grand union Canal Soar Lane in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The incident happened after Failing to stop for police around 9.30pm Friday night, Ending with the car and 4 occupants crashing through the railing ending up in the water at the Grand union canal The Rally community Park.

The operation to recover the vehicle from the water was a Long and Tricky operation.

Video By Leicester Media Online © 2019

Recovery operation Pictures and Video by Leicester Media

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