A TEENAGER has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences after a crash on a city road.

An 18-year-old man was arrested after a positive drugs test following the crash on Astwood Road which saw armed officers in the street.

People said they had seen a police car behind the car at the time of the crash but West Mercia Police explained officers were "not specifically following the car".

Neighbours rushed out of their homes to help the people involved and direct traffic.

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A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "At around 4.20pm on Saturday 10 June, officers attended a two-vehicle collision on Astwood Road in Worcester. 

"An unmarked police car was in the area, so officers were able to assist incredibly quickly.

"The police car was in the area, it was not specifically following the car at the time of the collision.

"The road was closed while the vehicles were recovered.

"An 18-year-old man was arrested for a positive drugs test and driving offences. Nobody was injured in the collision."

Armed officers were seen by neighbours at the scene of the crash, but West Mercia Police said they were the closest available unit in the area and their attendance did not relate to the nature of the incident.

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Astwood Road was closed following the crash which caused heavy, slow-moving traffic for a number of hours, according to the AA. 

Neighbours said they saw about four unmarked police cars and one marked police car block off Astwood Road.

Two neighbours said they helped control the traffic in the aftermath.

According to neighbours, the crash happened between a car being driven on Astwood Road and another emerging from Field Road around 4pm on Saturday, June 11.

A resident said: "I heard a bang and thought it was next door hammering, and then I went upstairs, and there were loads of flashing lights."

One eyewitness said: "They [one of the cars involved] came up our road and realised it was a dead end and then drove back down the road.

"A family in the other car were a little shaken up. My wife helped them out.

"The family was shaken up and it looked like their car was written off."

One neighbour also said a tow truck arrived hours after the crash to collect one of the remaining cars.