A man has been arrested after a car was stolen at gunpoint at a supermarket car wash.

It is thought that earlier today, a man drove onto the forecourt of Tesco Extra in Cirencester, where he threatened staff with what appeared to be a gun.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

(The car wash area at Tesco cordoned off by police. Credit for picture supports Oak and Furrows Hedgehog lottery) 

It is then thought that the man demanded that staff at the car wash hand over the keys to another car which he drove away in.

Shortly after, the car was involved in a crash at Kemble railway station, where then it is believes that the man attempted to steal other vehicles.

A Gloucestershire police spokesman said: "Police were called to the Tesco Extra store in Cricklade Road, Cirencester at 3.40pm today following a report that a vehicle had been stolen from the car wash area at gunpoint.

"The car was subsequently involved in a collision at Kemble railway station and it is believed that the man then attempted to steal other vehicles.

"At 4.15pm officers arrested a 21-year-old man who is currently in police custody.

"No-one was injured at the car wash.

"The weapon has been recovered and is believed to be an air rifle.

"The investigation is at a very early stage and no further information is available at this time."

The A429 was closed in both directions from Kemble Enterprise Park (Kemble) to Crudwell turn-off (Crudwell) for most of the day but has since re-opened.

Anyone who witnesses any part of this incident and has information which might help officers with the investigation is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 quoting incident 396 of July 2.