A stolen car was recovered after police were alerted to a suspected false number plate.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of theft.

At 10am yesterday the vehicle passed through an automatic number plate recognition camera in Nottingham.

It later pulled over in Woodthorpe area where the two men were arrested.

The car had been stolen from outside an address in Derbyshire in April.

The arrested suspects, aged 38 and 28, were later released under investigation.

Inspector David Mather, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a great bit of work by multiple police officers and staff – all made possible by the modern camera technology. The automatic numberplate recognition network is a valuable tool in denying criminals the use of Nottinghamshire’s road network.”

“Suitably trained officers were able position themselves in such a way to prevent a pursuit.

“I would like to praise all of the officers and staff involved for their efficient and professional actions and also hope that his incident sends a clear message to others – that if you drive stolen vehicles on our roads we will use all of the tools at our disposal to apprehend you.”