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Two die in stolen Audi crash: Quiet Salford street in shock after inferno ignites half dozen parked cars

By Dean Wilkins

A quiet Salford street is in shock after a stolen car ploughed into eight parked cars setting several on fire and triggering a huge explosion, killing two people dead.

Formal identifications are yet to take place as officers inform families and friends – they are believed to have been the driver and passenger of a vehicle that was pinched just ten minutes before.

The tragic incident occurred after a red Audi was stolen during an aggravated burglary at a home on Boscombe Gardens, Farnworth, at around 8.25pm yesterday – the vehicle was then spotted by patrols and an order to pursuit was made.

Despite losing the tail of the stolen car, officers were still hunting for the Audi until a call came in that it had collided with a number of parked cars on Leigh Road, Boothstown, Salford,

The crash was so ferocious that it ignited five nearby cars and forced emergency services to evacuate five neighbouring houses – all of whom have now been allowed to return.

Assistant Chief Constable Zoe Sheard said: “I completely understand that residents living on Leigh Road will be absolutely shocked and upset to see the aftermath of this collision and the damage caused to a number of people’s homes.

“I want to assure everyone that a thorough investigation will take place into the circumstances surrounding the incident and we will continue to keep the community informed with any developments.

“There will be a heavy police presence in the area in the coming days so I would urge anyone with either any information about what happened or who has concerns to approach an officer.”

Leigh Road is completely closed and is expected to remain closed for much of today while inquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

No-one else was injured in the accident.

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