DRAMATIC pictures showing the aftermath of a highspeed police chase through the Cotswolds have been released.

The pursuit of a red Citroen C1, which ended yards from a pub in Yarnton, near Oxford, involved 14 officers after it began at about 6pm last Wednesday on the A40 near Witney.

Alexa Collicott, from Gloucestershire Constabulary, said officers were alerted to a burglary at a home in Hoo Lane, Chipping Campden, at about 4pm on Wednesday, from where a red Citroen C1 had been stolen.

A search was carried out on the routes out of Campden and in the surrounding area and neighbouring police forces were alerted.

The vehicle was spotted by Thames Valley Police officers in West Oxfordshire who called in the force helicopter and followed the Citroen as it went on a crosscountry route in an attempt to evade them.

The chase went from the A40 to Bicester Road, Kidlington, along the A4260, to Morton Avenue, Yarnton Road, and the Bladon roundabout before ending in a field at Yarnton – more than 30 miles away from Chipping Campden. The car crashed through a farm gate off Yarnton Lane at 6.26pm.

Inspector Paul Bradford said: “There was a pursuit on Wednesday evening which involved local police units, roads police units and a force helicopter. A vehicle was stolen from the Gloucestershire area and was driving towards Oxford. There was short pursuit which culminated in the vehicle being stopped in a field off the A44 near Kidlington at 6.26pm.

Two persons were arrested from the vehicle.”

A 28-year-old man from Ilmington, near Shipston, who was arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and drink-driving, was released on bail to return to a Gloucestershire Police station on Tuesday, September 17.

Lewis Charles Bye, also 28, of Hay Meadow, Shipston, was charged with aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving. He has been bailed to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Thursday, October 17.

Any witnesses should call police on 101.