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Man charged after police car rammed in Nottinghamshire

A man has appeared in court charged with multiple offences after a car rammed into a police car as officers tried to stop it.

Officers followed the vehicle after it had been spotted in the Harworth area at around 5.30pm on Friday (11 November 2022).

A short time later it was seen heading along the Great North Road, away from Bawtry towards Doncaster, but the driver allegedly failed to stop and drove dangerously in order to avoid capture.

When police moved to bring the car to a halt, the driver is then alleged to have rammed into a police car.

Officers abandoned the pursuit due to safety concerns after noticing a child was in the car.

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The vehicle was later found parked in the Carlton-in-Lindrick area and a suspect was arrested.

Steven Thorpe, aged 35, of Willow Avenue, Carlton-in-Lindrick, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday (14 November 2022) charged with criminal damage, dangerous driving, failing to stop, aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He is also charged with one count of causing or procuring a child to be assaulted/ill-treated/neglected/abandoned or exposed in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury to health.

Thorpe was remanded in custody and is next due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 12 December.

Police Constable John Skelton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thankfully no-one was injured during this incident but, as with all dangerous driving, the potential consequences are incredibly serious.

“Nottinghamshire Police takes incidents of this nature very seriously and will always look to take action against offenders. A man has now been charged as a result of our investigation as he awaits the court process.”

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