Two men have been arrested after a car hit a bridge and plummeted into a river in Stockport.

Police patrolling Bredbury spotted a Renault Clio believed to be on false plates at around 11pm on Monday evening (October 18).

The car failed to stop for police and was chased.

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The Clio vehicle hit a bridge on Otterspool Road in Offerton before falling into the nearby river.

A huge search operation was launched at the River Goyt in Romiley following concerns that a person was in the water.

Rescuers spent almost three hours searching the river, but the search was eventually called off after no person was found.

Two men - aged 25 and 26 - have now been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

They remain in custody for questioning.

A third man is thought to have made off prior to police arrival.

The car has since been recovered from the river.

Police enquiries remain ongoing.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9774, quoting incident number 3415 of 18/10/21.

Alternatively, reports can be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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