British man jailed after 180mph chase


Five men responsible for a six-month crime spree in Britain which culminated in a high-speed police chase were jailed today as a judge branded their getaway driver’s 180mph (290km/h) attempt to evade capture as “atrocious”.

Ben Westwood (33) was the leader of the group which carried out a string of robberies at commercial premises across the Midlands between August last year and January, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

The raids were linked by a distinctive white Audi RS5, which was later resprayed black.

The car, worth £85,000 and one of only two of that particular specification in Britain, was stolen from Stourport-on-Seven in Worcestershire on August 3rd last year.

Westwood, from Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, was arrested after a raid on the Murco petrol station in Warstones Road in the early hours of January 13th.

West Midlands Police said he fled the scene at the wheel of the Audi, travelling on to the M6 northbound through Hilton Park services.

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