Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping after a car was stolen with the owner’s two children still inside.
Police were alerted to the ‘shocking incident’ soon after 5pm on Saturday when a man reported his car had been stolen from his driveway in Birmingham, with his two and four-year-old boys still inside.
At one point, the stolen Seat Leon was seen driving the wrong way down a dual carriageway, before armed officers were able to bring it to a halt on the A38 Bristol Road near the Belgrave Interchange.
Two male suspects, both aged 15, ran from the car but were quickly detained and arrested by police.
They face questioning on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and kidnap.
‘Officers from response, traffic and firearms were immediately dispatched along with our dog units and the helicopter to take part in the search,’ West Midlands Police (WMP) said in a statement.
‘Thankfully both children were found safe and well inside the car and reunited with their parents at the roadside,’ WMP said.
Chief Inspector Lee Wiggan added: ‘This type of incident is every parent’s worst nightmare, but thankfully we were able to stop the car and reunite the family less than fifteen minutes after it was stolen.
‘It’s a fantastic outcome to what was a very serious, urgent incident and my thanks go to the officers involved as well as West Midlands Ambulance Service for their support.’
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