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Police pursuit reports 'false' but car crash still an IOPC matter


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Police had been responding to an entirely unrelated report.

Police pursuit reports 'false' but car crash still an IOPC matter

A car crash has been referred to the police watchdog despite the fact officers’ presence in the area was a coincidence.

On Sunday two teenage boys were arrested in connection with a car crash in which five pedestrians were seriously injured the day before.

The collision happened at 4.10pm on Saturday afternoon in Furtherwick Road, Canvey, Essex when a blue BMW 120D was in a collision with five men.

The BMW driver and passenger abandoned the car, which turned out to be stolen, and fled the scene.

Five men in their early 20s were treated at the scene for serious injuries before being taken to hospitals across Essex and London. Three remain in hospital while they receive treatment and two have been released. But none of the injuries are described as life threatening.

A statement from Essex Police said initial reports there had been a police pursuit were incorrect.

“Officers were in the area responding to an unrelated incident at the time and not to the presence of the BMW,” a spokesman said.

But the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Complaints “under the criteria of there being an indirect link between police being in the area and the incident.”

The spokesman refused to comment further.

Max Maxwell, 18, of Small Gains Avenue, Canvey has been charged with four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, one count of aggravated vehicle taking and one count of driving without insurance.  

He is due to appear at Basildon Magistrates' Court today (Monday).

A 17-year-old boy from Canvey was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident, driving while unfit through drink or drugs, aggravated vehicle taking and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He has been released on bail until May 5, pending further enquiries.

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Hopefully the investigation can be concluded within a very short time scale. What a waste of time and money. 

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