Three York men were arrested in the early hours of today following three burglaries at commercial premises across the York area overnight.

The arrests followed a police pursuit through York after the alarm was raised at 4.30am of a burglary underway in outbuildings on Heslington Road.

When officers arrived at the scene of the burglary the suspects drove off in an Audi TT, sparking a police chase which continued along Thief Lane, Lilac Avenue, Tang Hall Lane, Melrosegate and into Constantine Avenue.

The car was abandoned in the area of Constantine Avenue and the suspects fled on foot.

Police officers and a police dog chased them and arrested them all in the Tang Hall area. A 29-year-old man was arrested in Constantine Avenue, a 28-year-old man was arrested in Derwent Avenue, and a 24-year-old man was arrested in Hewley Avenue. A fourth man was arrested in the area, but has been discounted from the investigation.

The three were arrested on suspicion of offences including burglary and motoring offences while the 24 and 29-year-old men were also arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft.

All three are in custody and being questioned about burglaries in Heslington Road, York, Murton and Dunnington. Two of the suspects are also being questioned in relation to the theft of the Audi TT which was used in the burglaries. It was reported stolen from premises in Strensall and used in the burglary on Heslington Road.

In a separate incident, a Volkswagen Lupo was seen near the scene of the burglary in Dunnington at speed. Officers' suspicions were raised by the actions of the driver and the vehicle was followed by police officers.

The Volkswagen was located abandoned on Buttercrambe Road and two suspects arrested nearby, one aged 17 and one aged 22. The 22-year-old was later released without charge, while the 17-year-old remains on police bail in relation to driving offences. At this stage, it is believed there was no connection to the burglary.