THREE men have been arrested in connection with a carjacking during which a woman and her colleague were forced out of a car in Leigh and threatened.

At around 8.20pm on Sunday, January 16, police were alerted to the report of a robbery and theft of a motor vehicle on St Helens Road, Leigh.

After stealing the vehicle from the driver and passenger, police sighted the vehicle on East Lancashire Road, where a pursuit ensued.

The occupants threw items at the police vehicle from their vehicle, before abandoning the car on Weston Street.

Attempting to flee the scene, three men were caught.

Arrests were made by officers.

Confirming the details of the incident, a Greater Manchester spokesperson said:

"Police were called around 8.20pm on Sunday 16 January 2022 to a report of a robbery and the theft of a motor vehicle on St Helens Road, Leigh.

"Enquiries have since established a woman and her colleague were in her car on the road when four men approached them and demanded they get out of the car, threatening to hurt them if they didn't.

"The two women got out of the car before two of the men fled in the vehicle and the other two fled on foot.

"Around half an hour later officers sighted the vehicle on East Lancashire Road, Leigh and a pursuit ensued.

"As officers pursued the car the occupants threw multiple items out of the windows at the police vehicle.

"The vehicle was later abandoned on Weston Street before three man attempted to flee on foot before swiftly being arrested by officers.

"The three men, aged between 20 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of robbery, drug and driving offences. They all remain in custody for questioning.

"Keys to the vehicle were also seized."

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident 2623 of 16/01/22