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UPDATED: The pursuit of a car through a residential estate in Newport has ended in a crash this afternoon (Wednesday).

A black Mazda 3 made off from officers on Bluebell Meadows shortly before 14:40, leading an Armed Response Unit on a chase through side streets.

The pursuit came to an end when the suspect car mounted a pavement and crashed into a verge, with the driver quickly running away from the scene.

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Officers have secured the vehicle and searches are ongoing for the wanted male driver.

It’s thought Police were initially responding to another incident.

UPDATE @ 15:35 – It’s understood that 2 females, thought to be aged in their 20s, narrowly avoided being hit during this afternoon’s incident.

Police are appealing for witnesses to get in touch by calling 101.

UPDATE THURSDAY – A formal appeal for information has now been issued by Hampshire Constabulary. Officers would like to speak to 2 women who were walking along Angelica Grove at around 14:30 yesterday.

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If you saw the black Mazda 3 then call Police on 101, quoting *44759.

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