This was the dramatic moment when police used a “stinger” to stop a car on a Lancashire road.
Officers deployed the device – which bursts a car’s tyres –in Liverpool Road, Hutton, near Preston.
It all seemed dramatically real – but it turned out to be a training exercise
Evening Post photograper Neil Cross took these pictures as the incident unfolded before him.
It happened at around 2.30pm today as he was driving home.
Neil said: “I wondered afterwards if it was a training exercise but it all looked real to me.
“This policeman ran across the road carrying something and I figured it was a stinger.
“I thought at first they were after me!
“He said: ‘Get out of the way quick’ so I did.
“Then this blue car came past followed by a police car and ran over the stinger.”
A Lancashire police spokesman confirmed it was a training exercise.