TWO men have been arrested after a suspected stolen van led police on a chase in Tameside, with it being driven at a force vehicle at one point.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police's (GMP) Road Policing Unit spotted the van driving erratically on Boyds Walk in Dukinfield, at around 11.15pm on Thursday.

When police tried to stop the van, it was driven at a police vehicle before driving off.

A stinger was deployed on Lily Lane in Ashton, around 10 minutes later.

The van carried on while being tracked by three police cars, eventually coming to a stop on Cavendish Street in Ashton at 11.33pm where two men were arrested.

A man, 26, is being questioned on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to provide a specimen and theft of a motor vehicle.

A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

Inspector Jonathan Shilvock, of GMP's Specialist Operations Branch, said: "Officers tried to stop the vehicle due to the manner of its driving.

"It has then tried to ram the traffic patrol and driven off.

"Over the next 15-20 minutes, several specialist operations officers from the Roads Policing Unit, the Tactical Firearms Unit and the Dogs Units, as well as from the Tameside Neighbourhood Team, were involved in stopping the vehicle and detaining the two males.

"This was a demonstration of great teamwork across a number of GMP branches."