Robbers caught after flagging down unmarked police car thinking it was the minicab they had booked


Two teen robbers have been arrested after making the blunder of flagging down an unmarked police vehicle thinking it was the minicab that they had just ordered on their phone.

Following a report of a group of males committing a robbery in Stamford Park, Greater Manchester, and believed to be using the Metrolink service to aid escape, officers from the forces Transport Unit, along with Greater Manchester South (GMP South) and the National Police Air Service (NPASNorthWest), attended the area of Dane Road Metrolink Station and the Canal Tow Path.

A 16 year old male was quickly arrested by GMP South who is suspected to be involved and a number of others made off from officers.

During a continued search of the area, and whilst Transport Unit officers were looking for the outstanding offenders on Waterside, two more emerged from a bush and began to flag down our unmarked police vehicle believing it to be a minicab which they had ordered moments earlier to aid their escape.

(Image credit: Greater Manchester Police)


Another 17 year old male was arrested and found to be in possession of the earlier stolen mobile phones.


It is suspected the males involved have committed a number of robberies in the area of the past few weeks, travelling into the area using the Metrolink Service which is heavily covered by CCTV.


Enquiries are ongoing and officers are now looking to link them to other recent robberies in the area.


A spokesperson for the police, said: “We would like to thank local residents for their assistance in yesterday’s incident and helping us to bring a number of offenders to justice.”


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