THE police helicopter was scrambled to help officers chase a stolen Mercedes coupe.

The chase, at around 3.35am yesterday, started close to Accrington on the M65 eastbound after the silver car failed to stop for officers.

Police chased the vehicle as it left the motorway at junction 10 Burnley on to the Meadow Close estate.

The Mercedes, believed to have been stolen after a burglary, was recovered after police dogs joined in the search for the thieves who had ran from the scene.

Police said three men were were arrested in connection with the incident after they were found hiding in bushes close to the scene.