Inquiry into police car crash

AN investigation is under way after a police car was in collision with a van while on a 999 call in Suffolk.

Colin Adwent

AN investigation is under way after a police car was in collision with a van while on a 999 call in Suffolk.

The crash happened in High Street, Saxmundham, after officers were despatched to an incident in the town allegedly involving a knife.

No one was seriously hurt during the collision, although the driver of the van and two police officers sustained minor injuries.

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An investigation is now being carried out by Suffolk Constabulary's roads policing unit at Martlesham police headquarters

A spokeswoman for the force said: “Police officers were responding to a 999 call regarding reports of a man and woman who were said to be fighting and a knife allegedly seen at North Entrance, Saxmundham, on Thursday, July 9, around 2.25pm when the collision occurred.

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“It involved a marked silver Ford Focus police car and a white Ford Fiesta van.”

An ambulance crew was despatched to the scene of the crash after the van driver - believed to be in his 20s - reported aches and pains to his shoulder and neck.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics, but did not require hospital treatment.

The two officers were also checked over as one also had aches and pains, and the other sustained a burn mark to his arm.

Firefighters were also sent to the accident after smoke was seen coming from the police car.

However, it is believed this was caused by the deployment of an airbag in the vehicle rather than any fire.

The road was cleared by 3.35pm.

BLOB: A mother-of-five has been committed to Ipswich Crown Court on a charge of possessing a knife in a public place in relation to the alleged incident the police officers were sent to attend.

Jane Brown, of Heron Road, Saxmundham, appeared before magistrates in Lowestoft last Friday.

The 39-year-old is currently on conditional bail.

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