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Man to appear at crown court after being charged with stealing Audi S3 from dealership

  • Damian Partington, 47, from Oldham, is accused of theft of Audi S3 from showroom
  • He appeared before magistrates and his case was sent to crown court
  • Car was brought to a halt on motorway using Stinger and returned to the dealership

Time 11:26 am, June 9, 2022

A man has been charged with stealing a car from a dealership in Lancashire.

Damian Partington is alleged to have stolen an Audi S3 from Rogers of Brock, near Garstang, on Monday (Jun 6).

A salesman from the dealership, who asked not to be named, told Car Dealer that such is the road network in the area, he feared the S3 wouldn’t be found so followed it while staying within the speed limit and liaised with police on a hands-free device to give them the changing location.


According to the Lancashire Telegraph, police used a tyre Stinger to bring the car to a halt and boxed it in on the southbound M61 near Rivington Services less than half an hour after it was reported missing.

Traffic on the motorway was briefly halted while tactical operations officers carried out the manoeuvre.

Partington, 47, was arrested and charged with the theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

He appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Jun 7).


Lancashire Police told Car Dealer that Partington, of Springwood Hall Road, Oldham, will now appear at Preston Crown Court on Monday, August 8.

Three tyres were burst by the Stinger but the Audi was otherwise undamaged and later returned to the well-respected family-run dealership, which was established in 1982.

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John has been with Car Dealer since 2013 after spending 25 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter then a sub-editor/assistant chief sub-editor on regional and national titles. John is chief sub-editor in the editorial department, working on Car Dealer, as well as handling social media.

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