Teenager from Cornwall arrested after 17 injured by 'out of control' car

Teenager from Cornwall arrested after 17 injured by 'out of control' car

Teenager from Cornwall arrested after 17 injured by 'out of control' car

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A 19-year-old has been arrested after 17 people were injured during a ‘car cruise’ event in Plymouth on Saturday night.

Officers were called to B&Q car park in Tavistock Road around 10pm after reports that a Ford Fiesta car had gone out of control and collided with a large gathering of bystanders.

Seventeen people, aged between 12 and 20, were taken to Derriford Hospital where they were treated for injuries ranging from head wounds to bumps and bruises. No-one sustained life-changing or threatening injuries, however one 16-year-old girl was taken to Derriford Hospital.

A 19-year-old man from East Cornwall was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been released on police bail until September 22 pending further enquiries.

Police are investigating the incident and appealing for witnesses. They would particularly like to speak to anyone who "may have recorded footage of the collision on their mobile phone or other devices".

Chief Inspector Ben Deer, head of local policing in Plymouth, said: “This event was a legal gathering of like-minded car enthusiasts on private land.

“Such gatherings happen regularly in the force and are generally well-behaved and law abiding, passing without incident. On this occasion a very unfortunate incident has occurred and 17 people have been injured.

“This event is of concern and local officers will be working with the landowner to ensure public safety is paramount and reduce any risk surrounding such events in the future.

“We do receive and monitor intelligence about events of this nature. If criminal activity takes place, and where evidence is available, we will always take the necessary enforcement action.

“We are investigating this incident and we would like to hear from anyone who has information about the events before and after the collision. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have filmed the events of the night on a phone or other device.”

Witnesses are urged to contact Plymouth Serious Collisions Investigation Unit by telephoning 101, quoting log 1025 of 26 July 2014.

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