Police have arrested two men following burglaries on the Essex border in which a police car was rammed by suspects in a stolen car.
Officers are investigating a burglary in Beridge Road, Halstead, and two attempted burglaries in Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, and Wheatley Avenue, Braintree, which all happened during the afternoon of Monday, April 11.
Two men aged in their 20s from Cambridge were arrested this afternoon, Wednesday, April 13, in Braintree. They are currently in custody awaiting questioning.
Police were called at 12.05pm on Monday with reports three men had been seen trying to jemmy open a patio door at a home off Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham.
No entry was gained and the men were then seen running off.
While officers were making enquiries, a further call came in shortly after 1pm with reports of a burglary in progress at a property in Beridge Road, Halstead.
Three men were seen getting into a Skoda Octavia, which drove off.
A kitchen window had been jemmied open and a four figure sum of cash, sentimental jewellery including a Pandora charm bracelet, two games consoles and a HP laptop in a burgundy Jasper Conran case were stolen.
Officers were dispatched to the call, but the Skoda rammed into one of the police vehicles on the A131 in High Garrett.
It was tracked by a police helicopter to Braintree, where it struck a Nissan Qashqai in Bridport Way at about 1.15pm.
The officer and member of the public who were driving the vehicles involved in the collisions were not injured. However there was damage to the front of both vehicles.
The Skoda, which was later discovered to have been stolen from Bedfordshire, was found abandoned in the Tesco car park in New Street at about 2.20pm. The suspects had fled the scene.
Detective Sergeant Becky Young, of Braintree CID, said: “Our enquiries so far have established the suspects were seen at the taxi rank in Manor Street about 1.20pm.
“They were later seen in Marlborough Road and Mountbatten Road at 2.05pm.
“We are linking the incidents in Castle Hedingham and Halstead to another attempted burglary in Wheatley Avenue, Braintree.”
Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Braintree CID on 101.