Police car crash - officer was pursuing stolen car

Worcester News: (6116099) (6116099)

A POLICE car involved in a crash in Worcester was in pursuit of a suspected stolen car when the accident happened.

We have already reported how a marked police car, on blue lights and sirens, smashed into a garden wall on the corner of Ombersley Road and Cornmeadow Lane in Worcester on Sunday morning.

A 51-year-old woman had to be cut from her Seat Exeo while Ombersley Road was closed for several hours and diversions in place following the crash at 11.15am. The wall is badly damaged and there was still debris including broken glass on the pavement today (Monday)

Supt Mark Travis tweeted on Monday: "A police vehicle was involved in a two vehicle collision yesterday. Both drivers were shaken but are OK. An investigation is underway.

"The police vehicle was searching for a stolen car that was stopped a short time later." The occupiers of the house where the wall was damaged were unavailable for comment yesterday but a neighbour described them as an older couple.

One neighbour who lives on Ombersley Road at the junction was in bed when he heard the crash.

He said: "It was a double impact. It was like 'bang! bang!' It was pretty loud. At least one policeman came out of the car pretty quickly and was talking to the woman in the other car." He could not be sure but said he believed the car may have been turning right when it was involved in the collision with the police car which he understood was travelling along Ombersley Road. He said his first thought was whether he needed to do anything to help but he said when he looked out of the window there was already a lot of people present.

The woman in the Seat was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution.

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1:04pm Mon 12 May 14

Anthony Green says...

A bystander was nealry killed by a police car moving at high speed - do we need someone to die before we stop this chase rubbish?

Comment from the Police: :
"The police vehicle was searching for a stolen car that was stopped a short time later."
"The police vehicle was pursuing a stolen car"
One of these sentences is a lie - which one?
A bystander was nealry killed by a police car moving at high speed - do we need someone to die before we stop this chase rubbish? Comment from the Police: : "The police vehicle was searching for a stolen car that was stopped a short time later." "The police vehicle was pursuing a stolen car" One of these sentences is a lie - which one? Anthony Green
  • Score: -18

1:15pm Mon 12 May 14

Hwicce says...

Anthony Green wrote:
A bystander was nealry killed by a police car moving at high speed - do we need someone to die before we stop this chase rubbish?

Comment from the Police: :
"The police vehicle was searching for a stolen car that was stopped a short time later."
"The police vehicle was pursuing a stolen car"
One of these sentences is a lie - which one?
One was written by the Police, one by a WN journalist.

Very difficult decision.
[quote][p][bold]Anthony Green[/bold] wrote: A bystander was nealry killed by a police car moving at high speed - do we need someone to die before we stop this chase rubbish? Comment from the Police: : "The police vehicle was searching for a stolen car that was stopped a short time later." "The police vehicle was pursuing a stolen car" One of these sentences is a lie - which one?[/p][/quote]One was written by the Police, one by a WN journalist. Very difficult decision. Hwicce
  • Score: 12

4:55pm Mon 12 May 14

Budweis-her says...

Anthony Green wrote:
A bystander was nealry killed by a police car moving at high speed - do we need someone to die before we stop this chase rubbish?

Comment from the Police: :
"The police vehicle was searching for a stolen car that was stopped a short time later."
"The police vehicle was pursuing a stolen car"
One of these sentences is a lie - which one?
Nowhere in the article does it say that someone was nearly killed. She went to Worcester Royal so the chances are her injuries are minor otherwise she would have been taken to the QE in Birmingham that has a major trauma unit.

It also doesn't say that the police car was travelling at high speed.

Stop speculating and making it sound more serious than it probably is just to have an opportunity to slate the police.

This story is going to make the headlines because it involves a police car which is understandable. However, if you consider the miles that police officers do, under emergency driving conditions, taking risks and having to deal with the numpties that are on the road today, you'll be surprised at how low their accident rate is.

Just because there's been ONE accident it seems that everyone is jumping up and down blaming the police just for the sake of it. Nobody knows exactly what happened except the people involved and I can assure you there will be in investigation/refres
her driver training etc. Until that investigation is complete and made public people should stop speculating on what happened when they weren't even there.

And for the record, I don't work for the Police.
[quote][p][bold]Anthony Green[/bold] wrote: A bystander was nealry killed by a police car moving at high speed - do we need someone to die before we stop this chase rubbish? Comment from the Police: : "The police vehicle was searching for a stolen car that was stopped a short time later." "The police vehicle was pursuing a stolen car" One of these sentences is a lie - which one?[/p][/quote]Nowhere in the article does it say that someone was nearly killed. She went to Worcester Royal so the chances are her injuries are minor otherwise she would have been taken to the QE in Birmingham that has a major trauma unit. It also doesn't say that the police car was travelling at high speed. Stop speculating and making it sound more serious than it probably is just to have an opportunity to slate the police. This story is going to make the headlines because it involves a police car which is understandable. However, if you consider the miles that police officers do, under emergency driving conditions, taking risks and having to deal with the numpties that are on the road today, you'll be surprised at how low their accident rate is. Just because there's been ONE accident it seems that everyone is jumping up and down blaming the police just for the sake of it. Nobody knows exactly what happened except the people involved and I can assure you there will be in investigation/refres her driver training etc. Until that investigation is complete and made public people should stop speculating on what happened when they weren't even there. And for the record, I don't work for the Police. Budweis-her
  • Score: 26

5:18pm Mon 12 May 14

MulsanneChap says...

Budweis-her wrote:
Anthony Green wrote:
A bystander was nealry killed by a police car moving at high speed - do we need someone to die before we stop this chase rubbish?

Comment from the Police: :
"The police vehicle was searching for a stolen car that was stopped a short time later."
"The police vehicle was pursuing a stolen car"
One of these sentences is a lie - which one?
Nowhere in the article does it say that someone was nearly killed. She went to Worcester Royal so the chances are her injuries are minor otherwise she would have been taken to the QE in Birmingham that has a major trauma unit.

It also doesn't say that the police car was travelling at high speed.

Stop speculating and making it sound more serious than it probably is just to have an opportunity to slate the police.

This story is going to make the headlines because it involves a police car which is understandable. However, if you consider the miles that police officers do, under emergency driving conditions, taking risks and having to deal with the numpties that are on the road today, you'll be surprised at how low their accident rate is.

Just because there's been ONE accident it seems that everyone is jumping up and down blaming the police just for the sake of it. Nobody knows exactly what happened except the people involved and I can assure you there will be in investigation/refres

her driver training etc. Until that investigation is complete and made public people should stop speculating on what happened when they weren't even there.

And for the record, I don't work for the Police.
This is the WN after all. They'll take any opportunity to edit a story which in some way puts public sector services in a bad light, regardless of the facts, or even if the public sector weren't in the wrong. Anyone would think Eric Pickles is their editor.
[quote][p][bold]Budweis-her[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Anthony Green[/bold] wrote: A bystander was nealry killed by a police car moving at high speed - do we need someone to die before we stop this chase rubbish? Comment from the Police: : "The police vehicle was searching for a stolen car that was stopped a short time later." "The police vehicle was pursuing a stolen car" One of these sentences is a lie - which one?[/p][/quote]Nowhere in the article does it say that someone was nearly killed. She went to Worcester Royal so the chances are her injuries are minor otherwise she would have been taken to the QE in Birmingham that has a major trauma unit. It also doesn't say that the police car was travelling at high speed. Stop speculating and making it sound more serious than it probably is just to have an opportunity to slate the police. This story is going to make the headlines because it involves a police car which is understandable. However, if you consider the miles that police officers do, under emergency driving conditions, taking risks and having to deal with the numpties that are on the road today, you'll be surprised at how low their accident rate is. Just because there's been ONE accident it seems that everyone is jumping up and down blaming the police just for the sake of it. Nobody knows exactly what happened except the people involved and I can assure you there will be in investigation/refres her driver training etc. Until that investigation is complete and made public people should stop speculating on what happened when they weren't even there. And for the record, I don't work for the Police.[/p][/quote]This is the WN after all. They'll take any opportunity to edit a story which in some way puts public sector services in a bad light, regardless of the facts, or even if the public sector weren't in the wrong. Anyone would think Eric Pickles is their editor. MulsanneChap
  • Score: 6

5:26pm Mon 12 May 14

voledog says...

If both cars were being driven safely then it's unlikely there would have been an accident. I live a couple of hundred yards down the Ombersley Road from where this happened and that police car certainly wasn't hanging around when it went past my house seconds before it crashed. There are no circumstances where is it acceptable to drive through residential areas at an unsafe speed.. It's just as dangerous if the police to do it as it is if a boy racer is speeding to show off to his mates. If any pedestrians had been stood on that corner when those two cars left the road then they could well have been killed.
A stolen car is not more important than putting others at risk and the police need to start thinking a bit more about the public at large rather than driving around like they're auditioning for an episode of the Sweeney.
If both cars were being driven safely then it's unlikely there would have been an accident. I live a couple of hundred yards down the Ombersley Road from where this happened and that police car certainly wasn't hanging around when it went past my house seconds before it crashed. There are no circumstances where is it acceptable to drive through residential areas at an unsafe speed.. It's just as dangerous if the police to do it as it is if a boy racer is speeding to show off to his mates. If any pedestrians had been stood on that corner when those two cars left the road then they could well have been killed. A stolen car is not more important than putting others at risk and the police need to start thinking a bit more about the public at large rather than driving around like they're auditioning for an episode of the Sweeney. voledog
  • Score: -7

6:16pm Mon 12 May 14

Anthony Green says...

Facts:
Two cars written off
One innocent bystander had to be cut from their car
No arrest claimed

Outcome: :
Sweeney Todd Police: No arrests claimed
Two cars written off
One Innocent bystander in Hospital

I am sure that there will be an investigation with no prosecutions.
An alleged stolen car is not as important as putting many other lives at risk.
Priorities need to be reversed, innocent bystanders are more important than alleged stolen cars.
Facts: Two cars written off One innocent bystander had to be cut from their car No arrest claimed Outcome: : Sweeney Todd Police: No arrests claimed Two cars written off One Innocent bystander in Hospital I am sure that there will be an investigation with no prosecutions. An alleged stolen car is not as important as putting many other lives at risk. Priorities need to be reversed, innocent bystanders are more important than alleged stolen cars. Anthony Green
  • Score: -8

8:26pm Mon 12 May 14

sitting on the fence gives you piles says...

To Anthony Green and voledog - you both seem to assume that the accident was the fault of the police driver and that speed was the cause. Have you investigated the accident and come to a reasoned conclusion? No, I didn't think so.

Wait for the facts.

Oh, and should you need the police urgently, I hope they don't rush to get to you.
To Anthony Green and voledog - you both seem to assume that the accident was the fault of the police driver and that speed was the cause. Have you investigated the accident and come to a reasoned conclusion? No, I didn't think so. Wait for the facts. Oh, and should you need the police urgently, I hope they don't rush to get to you. sitting on the fence gives you piles
  • Score: 19

8:35pm Mon 12 May 14

Anthony Green says...

Facts:
Two cars written off
One innocent bystander hospitalised
No arrests.
Witness statement: "Police car certainly wasn't hanging around when it went past my house seconds before it crashed. There are no circumstances where is it acceptable to drive through residential areas at an unsafe speed"
Police need to be a transparent , fully accountable service, not hidden behind walls of bureaucracy as we will see here.
Facts: Two cars written off One innocent bystander hospitalised No arrests. Witness statement: "Police car certainly wasn't hanging around when it went past my house seconds before it crashed. There are no circumstances where is it acceptable to drive through residential areas at an unsafe speed" Police need to be a transparent , fully accountable service, not hidden behind walls of bureaucracy as we will see here. Anthony Green
  • Score: -14

9:09pm Mon 12 May 14

truth must out says...

Anthony Green wrote:
Facts:
Two cars written off
One innocent bystander hospitalised
No arrests.
Witness statement: "Police car certainly wasn't hanging around when it went past my house seconds before it crashed. There are no circumstances where is it acceptable to drive through residential areas at an unsafe speed"
Police need to be a transparent , fully accountable service, not hidden behind walls of bureaucracy as we will see here.
Who is this innocent bystander you keep going on about. Nothing about it in the news item???
[quote][p][bold]Anthony Green[/bold] wrote: Facts: Two cars written off One innocent bystander hospitalised No arrests. Witness statement: "Police car certainly wasn't hanging around when it went past my house seconds before it crashed. There are no circumstances where is it acceptable to drive through residential areas at an unsafe speed" Police need to be a transparent , fully accountable service, not hidden behind walls of bureaucracy as we will see here.[/p][/quote]Who is this innocent bystander you keep going on about. Nothing about it in the news item??? truth must out
  • Score: 6

9:21pm Mon 12 May 14

Anthony Green says...

Innocent bystander: A 53 year old woman cut from her car - see news article.

All Police cars in West Mercia are fitted with crash data recorders.
Will we see this taxpayer funded data?
Innocent bystander: A 53 year old woman cut from her car - see news article. All Police cars in West Mercia are fitted with crash data recorders. Will we see this taxpayer funded data? Anthony Green
  • Score: -4

9:48pm Mon 12 May 14

brooksider says...

Anthony Green wrote:
Innocent bystander: A 53 year old woman cut from her car - see news article.

All Police cars in West Mercia are fitted with crash data recorders.
Will we see this taxpayer funded data?
Deary me! accuracy definitely isn't your strong point is it.
Hardly a bystander and only 51.
[quote][p][bold]Anthony Green[/bold] wrote: Innocent bystander: A 53 year old woman cut from her car - see news article. All Police cars in West Mercia are fitted with crash data recorders. Will we see this taxpayer funded data?[/p][/quote]Deary me! accuracy definitely isn't your strong point is it. Hardly a bystander and only 51. brooksider
  • Score: 6

10:13pm Mon 12 May 14

truth must out says...

brooksider wrote:
Anthony Green wrote:
Innocent bystander: A 53 year old woman cut from her car - see news article.

All Police cars in West Mercia are fitted with crash data recorders.
Will we see this taxpayer funded data?
Deary me! accuracy definitely isn't your strong point is it.
Hardly a bystander and only 51.
Well said brooksider.......
[quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Anthony Green[/bold] wrote: Innocent bystander: A 53 year old woman cut from her car - see news article. All Police cars in West Mercia are fitted with crash data recorders. Will we see this taxpayer funded data?[/p][/quote]Deary me! accuracy definitely isn't your strong point is it. Hardly a bystander and only 51.[/p][/quote]Well said brooksider....... truth must out
  • Score: 2

5:57pm Tue 13 May 14

DarrenM says...

Yes agreed we don't have all of the fact so we should wait and see the outcome of the investigation where upon no doubt, there will be evidence of careless driving by the police, which as usual will be brushed under the carpet with no prosecution.

On the other hand, as a member of the public try eating an apple while stationary with the handbrake on at a red traffic light and see what happens....
Yes agreed we don't have all of the fact so we should wait and see the outcome of the investigation where upon no doubt, there will be evidence of careless driving by the police, which as usual will be brushed under the carpet with no prosecution. On the other hand, as a member of the public try eating an apple while stationary with the handbrake on at a red traffic light and see what happens.... DarrenM
  • Score: -3

11:16pm Tue 13 May 14

Anthony Green says...

All police cars have Crash Data Recorders fitted. Will we see this evidence or will it be deemed "sensitive" and never seen ---- we will never see this evidence.
All police cars have Crash Data Recorders fitted. Will we see this evidence or will it be deemed "sensitive" and never seen ---- we will never see this evidence. Anthony Green
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Thu 15 May 14

copierman says...

High speed chase in built up residential area is not on with all the road junctions etc. I am so against it. There have been so many fatalities in recent years due to these. Is chasing a low life slob worth someone's life?
High speed chase in built up residential area is not on with all the road junctions etc. I am so against it. There have been so many fatalities in recent years due to these. Is chasing a low life slob worth someone's life? copierman
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Fri 16 May 14

Maggie Would says...

In bed at 11.15am? It's ok for some people, isn't it?

It may interest you all to know that the wall that was demolished during the accident was erected specifically to protect the house, as the residents had had a speeding car in their living room on an earlier occasion.
In bed at 11.15am? It's ok for some people, isn't it? It may interest you all to know that the wall that was demolished during the accident was erected specifically to protect the house, as the residents had had a speeding car in their living room on an earlier occasion. Maggie Would
  • Score: 2

1:13pm Sun 18 May 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

Maggie Would wrote:
In bed at 11.15am? It's ok for some people, isn't it?

It may interest you all to know that the wall that was demolished during the accident was erected specifically to protect the house, as the residents had had a speeding car in their living room on an earlier occasion.
"In bed at 11.15am? It's ok for some people, isn't it?"

Probably some lazy good for nothing doing nights! What is the world coming to?? And it used to be such a nice area....
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: In bed at 11.15am? It's ok for some people, isn't it? It may interest you all to know that the wall that was demolished during the accident was erected specifically to protect the house, as the residents had had a speeding car in their living room on an earlier occasion.[/p][/quote]"In bed at 11.15am? It's ok for some people, isn't it?" Probably some lazy good for nothing doing nights! What is the world coming to?? And it used to be such a nice area.... I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: 0

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