Man charged after stolen Land Rover police chase

A man has been charged with multiple offences following a police pursuit of a stolen Land Rover through Wiltshire.

The Land Rover was taken from a farm in the Redlynch area south of Salisbury on Saturday morning (2 May).

It was pursued by officers entering the south of the county and a police helicopter was scrambled.

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The vehicle came to a halt in Amesbury and a man and a woman got out and fled.

Two police officers and a police dog were assaulted during the incident.

Mark Day, 33, of Moot Close, Downton was later charged with a string of offences:

  • Possession of an offensive weapon in a public place (catapult)
  • Attempt to cause grievous bodily harm with intent x 2
  • Cause unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving
  • Failing to provide a specimen for analysis as a vehicle driver
  • Failing to stop a vehicle when required to do so by an officer
  • Using a vehicle in a public place without insurance

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear via live video link at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Tuesday (5 May).

A 21-year-old woman arrested at the scene on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent has been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.


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