Police pursue JCB digger in bizarre late night chase through south east London

Fiona Simpson
Bizarre scenes: Police chased a stolen JCB through Bexley, south-east London: BexleyMPS/Twitter

A man sparked a bizarre police chase after driving away from a south-east London building site in a digger.

Police were called to the industrial site in Bexley just after 1am on Monday to reports that a JCB had been stolen.

Detectives combed the area and spotted the machine being driven along Northend Road in Erith.

The discovery sparked a bizarre pursuit before the driver eventually pulled over.

Residents reported the police helicopter also buzzed ahead as officers gave chase.

A 34-year-old man, who was wanted on recall to prison, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

He was also wanted for two previous offences of theft and is being held at a south London police station, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

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