ARMED police blew up the tyres of a car full of suspected robbers to carry out a dramatic arrest in Huddersfield town centre.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police had pursued the car from Manchester before closing in on Northumberland Street near St George’s Square, shortly before 8pm on Wednesday.

They blocked the car in and used a specialist gun to shoot at the tyres to bring the car to a stop.

As many as a dozen police then swooped on the vehicle and used CS gas to fill the car before dragging four men out.

The men, aged 22, 24, 25 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. They were taken back to Greater Manchester for questioning where the offences are alleged to have happened.

The moment they sprang into action was seen by Elland woman Leanne Moss, 29.

She had just stepped off a train from Leeds that had been delayed for two hours after it hit and killed a teenager.

Miss Moss, who works as a financial planning administrator in Leeds, said: “I walked out of the station to meet my partner, who was picking me up.

“I heard this loud crash and there were about four or five cars pointing in different directions at the top of Northumberland Street.

“From a distance it looked like some violent gangland style attack with cars everywhere, people being dragged out of cars and what looked like smoke.

“However, as I drove out of the station and got closer to the incident I realised it was unmarked police and various men were being held and handcuffed.

“It all happened really quickly. As I drove out of Huddersfield, I saw other uniformed police officers coming out of a nearby restaurant and bars leading me to believe it was an organised stakeout type incident.’’

British Transport Police said the person killed in the collision with the train in Wortley, near Leeds, was a 17-year-old boy.

The incident happened at about 6.15pm on Wednesday. Relatives were being informed and a coroner’s report prepared. The incident is not being treated as suspicious.