Five boys allegedly armed with machetes arrested by Victoria Police after stolen vehicle was rammed in East Melbourne

Five boys who were allegedly armed with machetes have been arrested by police after a stolen vehicle was driven at high speeds through the streets of Melbourne.

The children were taken into custody shortly after the stolen black BMW sedan was rammed by police on Wellington Parade, East Melbourne about 11.20pm on Tuesday.

Police had first spotted the car, which was stolen from Footscray on April 9, more than 30km away near Mountain Highway in Boronia about 10.25pm.

Officers, assisted by the Air Wing, then tracked the car through several suburbs including Glen Iris, Camberwell, Richmond and Collingwood.

Police said the vehicle was being driven “erratically and dangerously” and at one point was allegedly seen on the East Link travelling at more than 190km/h.

“The car continued to be driven erratically and at speed causing significant risk to the public in the Melbourne CBD,” police said.

However, no officers or residents were injured, although one of the offenders “sustained minor injuries”.

The five boys “are currently assisting police with their enquires”, with investigations ongoing. 

“It’s alleged the males armed with machetes committed numerous armed robberies and cigarette burglaries across the southern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne yesterday afternoon and Monday night,” police said.

Anyone with information which could assist police, including dash cam footage of the vehicle, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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