Two women arrested after theft from Portsmouth clothes shop

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A POLICE pursuit of two shoplifters ended when two women were arrested on the motorway.

Officers received a report of two women stealing clothes from Warehouse in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, at about 12.45pm yesterday.

They began hunting for a pair of female thieves with a pushchair who escaped in a Ford Fiesta.

The Sussex police helicopter was called in to help find the suspects and they were spotted driving along Hampshire Terrace towards the motorway.

A firearms unit – which was not carrying weapons at the time – was in the area and managed to track down the car on the northbound carriageway of the M275 motorway.

Officers stopped the vehicle and took two people into custody.