What the police helicopter was doing over Derby in the early hours of today

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A teenager has been arrested following a police pursuit in the early hours of this morning.

At around 2.15am, police said that two lorries parked at Leicester Forest East services were targeted by thieves and boxes were stolen from inside.

Derbyshire police officers pursued a van, thought to be involved in the crime, a short time later on the M1 between Junction 24 and Junction 25.

The police helicopter was launched when the driver of the van failed to stop for officers and Nottinghamshire police were also drafted in as the vehicle travelled across the Derbyshire border.

The damage caused to a police car during the pursuit.

The damage caused to a police car during the pursuit.

It eventually stopped on the wrong side of the A38 carriageway between Alfreton and Ripley.

Officers from Derbyshire roads policing unit posted a picture of the damage to one of the police cars on its Twitter page stating: "Lengthy pursuit into @nottspolice & back. 2 RPU cars & @NottsPoIRAPT rammed. Stinger by DerbyshireARU. Driver abandons vehicle after driving wrong way up A38 at Hartsay. Arrested with DerbysDogPolice & Helicopter support."

An 18-year-old man from Leeds has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, theft, dangerous driving, failing to stop and criminal damage to three police cars; two from Derbyshire and one from Nottinghamshire.

He remains in custody.

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