UPDATED: Suspected stolen car in five-car Samlesbury crash

Suspected stolen car in five-car Samlesbury crash

Suspected stolen car in five-car Samlesbury crash

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A SUSPECTED stolen car was involved in a five-car crash at the junction next to the Samlesbury Hotel.

Officers had spotted the white Audi A3 on the M65 and followed it, believing it had been stolen.

The pursuit came to an end a few minutes later when there was a collision involving the Audi and two other vehicles where the A59 meets the A677 on Preston New Road. The Audi stopped in front of a traffic light post, eye-witnesses said.

The incident, at the junction with Cuerdale Lane yesterday, brought teatime rushhour traffic to a standstill.

The police helicopter was sent up to trace the suspected thieves and police dogs and their handlers were also sent to the scene.

Three men were detained close by, police said.

One man said he saw a man get out of one of the cars, jump over a fence and cross a cow field.

In total, five cars were involved in the pile-up including the Audi, a BMW, Mazda, Ford Ka and a Vauxhall.

The front driver’s side wheel of the Mazda was buckled and the driver’s side of the black Ford Ka was smashed in.

There did not appear to be any visible damage to the Audi.

Sohail Vakht, a shop assistant at the Esso garage close to the scene said: “The police were chasing one of the cars.

“The police helicopter was out and there were other cars involved in the crash too.

“I have seen nothing like this round here before. I am really surprised.

“It was very dramatic for a Friday afternoon.”

Jamie Bullen said he got to work at the Subway shop inside the garage at around 4pm yesterday, when there was a large number of police cars.

The 21-year-old said: “I have only been working here a month and it was shocking to see.

“When I got to work, there was a police car blocking the road. Half an hour later, there were police dogs, the helicopter was out and there were two 4x4s on one side of the road.”

Sophie Riches, hospitality manager at The Samlesbury Hotel, said staff there were alerted to what happened when they heard the police helicopter flying low overhead.

She said: “We wondered what was going on. It looked like there was something in the fields.

“The whole thing is a bit strange. There were a lot of people looking in the fields and the police went past with the dogs.”

A driver who saw the tailbacks and the aftermath of the crash said: “There was an enormous amount of police activity.

“There were five or six police cars at the scene. The police helicopter was flying overhead and there was a tailback going towards Blackburn.”

Around 5.30pm, the North West Motorway Policing Group tweeted to say they had been involved in the incident.

A spokesman posted: “Lancs NWMPG assisting with a vehicle seen on the M65 that is believed stolen.

“Offenders have made off causing a road traffic collision in Preston Old (New) Road. Three detained.

“@NWmwaypolice ably assisted in the endeavour by @NPAS_Warton. Three males detained. Helicopter and dog handlers involved in these successful arrests.”

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7:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

sammy37 says...

Wow nearly had me off the road at feni, scared.
Wow nearly had me off the road at feni, scared. sammy37
  • Score: 16

11:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

mmickk says...

Steven11 wrote:
mmickk wrote:
Stolen car hits 2 cars = 5 car crash? anyone got an abacus spare please drop it off at the newsdesk.
Get real pal , it must have shunted them in to other cars . Bet they were Asians !
Lighten up its my sense of humor with the LT half stories!
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: Stolen car hits 2 cars = 5 car crash? anyone got an abacus spare please drop it off at the newsdesk.[/p][/quote]Get real pal , it must have shunted them in to other cars . Bet they were Asians ![/p][/quote]Lighten up its my sense of humor with the LT half stories! mmickk
  • Score: 18

11:21pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

mmickk wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
mmickk wrote:
Stolen car hits 2 cars = 5 car crash? anyone got an abacus spare please drop it off at the newsdesk.
Get real pal , it must have shunted them in to other cars . Bet they were Asians !
Lighten up its my sense of humor with the LT half stories!
Sorry , with you now . I do get it .
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: Stolen car hits 2 cars = 5 car crash? anyone got an abacus spare please drop it off at the newsdesk.[/p][/quote]Get real pal , it must have shunted them in to other cars . Bet they were Asians ![/p][/quote]Lighten up its my sense of humor with the LT half stories![/p][/quote]Sorry , with you now . I do get it . Steven11
  • Score: 17

8:48am Sat 26 Apr 14

mavrick says...

The innocent will suffer again, higher insurance premiums, I hope nobody was seriously hurt. The scumbags responsible will not have to pay a penny and they know it. Our legal system favours the wrongdoer far too much.
The innocent will suffer again, higher insurance premiums, I hope nobody was seriously hurt. The scumbags responsible will not have to pay a penny and they know it. Our legal system favours the wrongdoer far too much. mavrick
  • Score: 42

9:07am Sat 26 Apr 14

yyy's1 says...

Ban them for ten years, make them serve the ban in prison so they can't drive while disqualified, then make their families pay for their keep in prison. Any shortfall in the money should be taken out of their wages or their government free money when they get out, life is simple, problems easily sorted.
Ban them for ten years, make them serve the ban in prison so they can't drive while disqualified, then make their families pay for their keep in prison. Any shortfall in the money should be taken out of their wages or their government free money when they get out, life is simple, problems easily sorted. yyy's1
  • Score: 43

12:45pm Sat 26 Apr 14

wilddog says...

Just shoot them, simples only costs a bullet!
Just shoot them, simples only costs a bullet! wilddog
  • Score: 29

1:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

samblues says...

Someone earlier said this was a 'half' story and I have to agree. Not only is it not written very well, but half the facts are missing. What about speeds during the chase? Injuries to others involved? Three cars, including the Audi, suddenly become a five-car pile-up. 'The Audi stopped in front of a traffic light post' - was it parked, abandoned or came to stop there after the collision? Were the men caught by officers with dogs, other officers on foot, or were they just 'beamed up' to the helicopter?
Finally, what is a 'cow field'? I presume it's a grass field with cows standing around. Why not just say field and did anyone think of interviewing the cows, or were they quoted as 'an onlooker'?
Someone earlier said this was a 'half' story and I have to agree. Not only is it not written very well, but half the facts are missing. What about speeds during the chase? Injuries to others involved? Three cars, including the Audi, suddenly become a five-car pile-up. 'The Audi stopped in front of a traffic light post' - was it parked, abandoned or came to stop there after the collision? Were the men caught by officers with dogs, other officers on foot, or were they just 'beamed up' to the helicopter? Finally, what is a 'cow field'? I presume it's a grass field with cows standing around. Why not just say field and did anyone think of interviewing the cows, or were they quoted as 'an onlooker'? samblues
  • Score: 22

5:01pm Sat 26 Apr 14

ossym says...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/business-27167
164

Regional breakdown average Insurance costs

Granada (North-west): £779.9
Anglia: £495.37
Border & Tyne Tees: £529.49
Central: £554.57
7
London: £631.54
Scotland: £382.55
South: £457.82
Wales: £483.82
West & West Country: £424.36
Yorkshire: £617.35

Source: The AA
http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/business-27167 164 Regional breakdown average Insurance costs Granada (North-west): £779.9 Anglia: £495.37 Border & Tyne Tees: £529.49 Central: £554.57 7 London: £631.54 Scotland: £382.55 South: £457.82 Wales: £483.82 West & West Country: £424.36 Yorkshire: £617.35 Source: The AA ossym
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Sat 26 Apr 14

burner says...

. . . "Finally, what is a 'cow field'? I presume it's a grass field with cows standing around. Why not just say field and did anyone think of interviewing the cows, or were they quoted as 'an onlooker'? " . . . . . they saw nothing, just herd the horns, it will just become anudder story in the moospaper.
. . . "Finally, what is a 'cow field'? I presume it's a grass field with cows standing around. Why not just say field and did anyone think of interviewing the cows, or were they quoted as 'an onlooker'? " . . . . . they saw nothing, just herd the horns, it will just become anudder story in the moospaper. burner
  • Score: 14

11:11am Thu 1 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Steven11 wrote:
mmickk wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
mmickk wrote:
Stolen car hits 2 cars = 5 car crash? anyone got an abacus spare please drop it off at the newsdesk.
Get real pal , it must have shunted them in to other cars . Bet they were Asians !
Lighten up its my sense of humor with the LT half stories!
Sorry , with you now . I do get it .
Bet they were wearing a BURKHA !!!
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: Stolen car hits 2 cars = 5 car crash? anyone got an abacus spare please drop it off at the newsdesk.[/p][/quote]Get real pal , it must have shunted them in to other cars . Bet they were Asians ![/p][/quote]Lighten up its my sense of humor with the LT half stories![/p][/quote]Sorry , with you now . I do get it .[/p][/quote]Bet they were wearing a BURKHA !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

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