Police probe river car mystery

POLICE are today trying to solve the mystery of a car which ended up submerged in a river near Haverhill.

Russell Claydon

POLICE are today trying to solve the mystery of a car which ended up submerged in a river near Haverhill.

A section of the River Stour off the A1017 at Sturmer, where the white Ford Fiesta was discovered, was scoured last night by a water rescue team from Essex police, but no-one could be found.

The car, which had water up to its windows, was reported by a passing member of the public to Suffolk police at 8.12pm on Sunday.


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Fire crews and police officers found it to have a smashed rear windscreen.

A spokeswoman for Essex police said today they are working on the basis that the car was stolen from around the Suffolk and Essex border.

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She said: “We are studying the area to determine how the car ended up in the river. We do not think it was the result of a crash.

“We are looking into the possibility that it was pushed.”

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time, or who saw anything suspicious, to contact the Dunmow Road Policing Unit on 0300 333 4444.

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