Stolen car thought to be Vauxhall Astra set alight on A14, police say

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service. File photo

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service. File photo - Credit: Archant

Two men from Ipswich have been arrested after a car was stolen and then set alight on the A14 this morning.

Police were called around 5.20am to reports a vehicle had collided with a parked car at Siloam Place, Ipswich before being driven away.

The vehicle involved was thought to be a light coloured Vauxhall Astra.

Officers then began a search for the vehicle and around 5.40am officers saw smoke coming from the Sandy Hill Lane area. Around this time police also began receiving calls from members of the public on the A14 that there was thick black smoke coming from bushes beside the eastbound carriageway just after the Orwell Bridge.

Officers found a vehicle on fire and the two 29-year-old men were arrested a few moments later. A lane closure was put in place on the A14 while the car fire was dealt with. This was extinguished by the fire service around 6.25am.

One crew from Ipswich East attended the incident.

Police believe the vehicle was stolen from the Nacton Road area yesterday evening and police are making enquiries to determine exactly what occurred.

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The two men are currently in custody at Martlesham Heath Police Investigation Centre where they are being interviewed by officers. Both are from Ipswich and both have been detained on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle, dangerous driving and drink driving.

Anyone with information that may help the investigation is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD 55 of today.