Kids hurt in crash after burglars flee from police

THREE suspected burglars were arrested in Cleckheaton after a police chase ended in a horrific smash.

A Peugeot 106 collided with two cars at a busy town centre junction at around 7.50pm last Thursday night.

Six children and a 24-year-year-old woman passenger from those other vehicles were hurt.

The Peugeot driver, a man aged 25, broke a leg in the crash at the junction of Bradford Road and St Peg Lane. His passengers in what may have been a stolen car, two men both aged 22, sustained minor injuries.

Three children and the 24-year-old woman in a Citroen C2 were hurt, as were three youngsters in a Citroen Picasso. One of the injured was flown to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Emergency services dealing with the injured, plus mangled wreckage from the three cars brought Cleckheaton town centre to a standstill.

The Citroen Picasso was shunted into railings on the King Edward VII Memorial Park side of the road.

It is thought the Peugeot jumped a red light in a bid to flee police seconds before the crash.

All three inside were arrested on suspicion of burglary. The 25-year-old is also accused of dangerous driving. They are now out on bail.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are investigating how the incident occurred.

Officers claimed that two marked police cars were not directly behind the Peugeot at the time.

Police were pursuing the vehicle along St Peg Lane towards the Bradford Road junction but were not involved in the collision itself.

Kirklees Police Chief Supt Tim Kingsman said: “Enquiries are ongoing into this incident.

“As a police pursuit was declared prior to the collision taking place, a referral has been made to the IPCC.”

Any witnesses can call West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101.

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