A CAR was chased through the streets of a town by police.

Officers were called at 1.10pm, yesterday, and chased a red Ford Fiesta which did not have insurance and was classed as off road in Blackburn.

The police chased the car, which was travelling over the speed limit, down Stanley Street where it crashed, causing damage to its bumper, and carried on.

A police spokesman said four men were believed to be inside the car.

An eyewitness saw several police cars on Whalley New Road.

He said: "There was two vans and two police cars, a dog unit and an armed unit car.

"It was rather scary, no one knew what was going on.

"The helicopter was flying over head for a few minutes but it went away."

Police said the car was eventually abandoned on Trinity Street and the people inside made off on foot.

A National Police Air Service spokesman said they responded to a vehicle pursuit in Blackburn at 1.25pm.

A police spokesman said: "The driver was described as having dark clothes, around five foot five inches tall and dark hair.

"The car was travelling fast enough to break the speed limit.

"Enquiries are on-going to trace the driver of the car.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101."