Dramatic CCTV footage captures the moment suspected burglars smashed into police vehicles after being blocked in - before making a run for it.

The video - shot from a camera on a nearby house - was shared with the Manchester Evening News in the wake of the shocking incident at the junction of Tong Lane and Hill Top in Little Lever, Bolton, on Sunday night (April 11).

Cops were called to reports of a burglary on Tong Road just after 10.30pm.

They later spotted a 'vehicle acting suspiciously in the vicinity'.

It was initially understood a short chase followed, but Greater Manchester Police have now clarified that officers blocked the road as the suspicious vehicle approached.

Two police vehicles were left badly damaged after the crash

The car then smashed into the GMP vehicles.

CCTV footage corroborates the force's account of the incident.

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The video shows officers in a car and a van drive down the road, before stopping at the junction.

Bright lights obscure the clip, but a vehicle can be seen approaching from the right, before smashing into officers.

A still from the CCTV footage

People can then be seen running from the scene of the crash, pursued by cops.

One of the suspects appears to trip over the kerb and is quickly pounced on by officers.

Cops can be heard shouting: "Police, stop."

Later, one is heard screaming: "Get down."

A witness said: "We heard the crash and flung the door open. My partner said 'they've crashed into the car'.

"We saw two lads running down the road and while the police were arresting the first lad, who looked liked he'd fallen over.

Two men have been arrested

"There were about four coppers on top of him.

"There were police everywhere and smoke coming from the car.

"It was crazy."

Two men - aged 21 and 26 - were arrested.

A badly damaged police car on Hill Top

A GMP spokeswoman confirmed the men have since been released under investigation.

Two police vehicles were badly damaged in the crash. Two officers were left with minor injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting 3170 of April 11; or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.