FOUR people, including two teenagers, have been arrested following an alert from a Basingstoke resident who saw a gang trying to break into a van.

They were arrested following a short pursuit after officers were called to an incident at 2.19am on Tuesday morning (January 23) in Southern Road.

Officers who attended the scene searched the area and came across a vehicle that was being driven in London Road.

Following a pursuit along Old Common Road and the A30, the car left the road and officers were able to arrest four people who had been inside.

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A 26-year-old man from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, was arrested on suspicion theft from a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, driving while unfit through drink, and driving while unfit through drugs.

A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, both from Salford, Greater Manchester, and a 15-year-old boy from Northampton, Northamptonshire, were arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle.

All four were also arrested for a further offence of theft from a motor vehicle, which relates to a reported theft of tools from a van parked in Grosvenor Road, Aldershot, at around 12.20am on Tuesday morning (January 23).

Those arrested are currently in police custody while enquiries continue.