DASCHAM footage shows a police car chase across Bolton town centre that ended in a car thief smashing into a vehicle carrying children.

Police have released the footage of the pursuit of a stolen BMW being driven by Kyle Brindley, who was sentenced to 36 months in prison on Monday.

He was one of three men jailed for their role in stealing high-value cars in a string of burglaries across Greater Manchester and Derbyshire.

The car was stolen from Hyde on October 20 last year and was pursued through Bolton by police later that day.

The footage shows Brindley swerving in and out of traffic on Deane Road and Moor Lane before it crashes into the people carrier on Spa Road.

Brindley can then be seen fleeing from the scene on foot and was arrested nearby.

The driver of the people carrier, that had young children in it, was left unconscious in the crash.

(Video courtesy of GMP)

Brindley, aged 22 and of Dorking Avenue in Newton Heath, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary and driving whilst disqualified and will also be banned from driving for three years on his release.

Fellow members of the gang, Samuel Irving, aged 28 and of Rimmer Close in Newton Heath, was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison for conspiracy to commit burglary while Mark Edwards, aged 27 and of no fixed addressed, admitted handling stolen goods and was given a 12-month community order.

The court heard how Irving was the kingpin behind the operation and between 15 September and October 20 last year he would use rented cars to travel around areas searching for expensive cars as well as transporting other organised crime group members who committed burglaries with him.

The thieves would always strike overnight whilst the homeowners were asleep, then Irving would drive or direct the stolen vehicles back to the Manchester area before they were fitted with false plates and sold on.

Brindley was involved in an attempted burglary in Chadderton on 2 October 2016 and a burglary in Hyde on 20 October 2016 where a 16 plate BMW 3 series was stolen.

Edwards fingerprints were found on a Volvo V40 stolen during a burglary in Bury on 7 October 2016.

Detective Constable Christopher Horsfield, from GMP’s Serious Crime Division, said: “These men let their arrogance get the better of them by leaving a trail of evidence for our officers to identify their roles in these offences.

“This even went as far as Irving posing for photos in front of the stolen vehicles.

“The sentences handed to these men today are the result of a meticulous investigation by officers from both GMP and Derbyshire.

“We have not only stopped them in their tracks but we have also dismantled an organised crime group that benefitted from the losses of innocent people.

“I hope this case shows just how seriously we take burglaries. The public should be confident in our ability to thoroughly investigate these offences and find the people responsible.”

Cars were taken from addresses in Rochdale, Glossop, Chadderton, Stalybridge, Bury and Heywood.