A POLICE dog helped catch two suspected car thieves spotted at a service station off the M6.

Police dog (PD) Toro was deployed in a search of the service station at Lymm near junction 20, where the teenagers were found and arrested.

It is believed the suspects had abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot before hiding in undergrowth.

Officers had been called in the early hours of Tuesday, August 22, when police were informed a suspected stolen vehicle had entered the service station at Lymm.

A 13-year-old and 15-year-old boy were taken into custody on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

A spokesperson for Cheshire Police said: “At 2.50am on Tuesday, officers were notified that a suspected stolen had been seen entering the Poplars 2000 service station at junction 20 of the M6 for Lymm.

“Officers attended the scene and located the vehicle, a grey Ford Fiesta, and found that occupants had decamped and fled the scene on foot.

“The police dog unit was quickly deployed to conduct a search of the area, with officers arresting a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle who were found in nearby undergrowth.

“They have since been transferred to Lancashire Police.”