Armed police shoot car’s tyres in chase as alleged kidnappers try to get away

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Armed cops shot out the tyres of a car as a group of suspected kidnappers allegedly led police on a chase through London.

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap after police shot the tyres of an allegedly fleeing vehicle in Stonebridge, Brent.

The chase came to a dramatic end just after 3pm in Hilltop Avenue when police used “tactical contact” to stop the suspects, they claimed.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the gang were arrested on suspicion of firearm offences and kidnap.

Armed police shot at the tyres of the fleeing car in a bid to get them to stop, police said.

Pictures from the scene show at least four police cars on the cordoned off road.

A black Ford Mondeo with its tyres blown out was snapped stopped in the middle of the busy street.

Shattered glass appears to be on the road and the boot was wide open.

Three of the suspects were treated by paramedics before being taken into custody, the Met said.

The spokesman confirmed the arrests came after a pre-planned operation.

A spokesman said tonight: "Officers used tactical contact to stop a vehicle in Hilltop Avenue as part of a planned operation.

"A police firearm was discharged into the tyres of the car.

“Four males were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and kidnap.

“Three of the males were treated by LAS prior to be being taken into custody.

“No reports of any injuries to officers or members of the public.”

Police remain at the scene and some roads have been closed by detectives.

The Met said it was not a terror-related incident.

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