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Speeding driver hits pedestrians at 50-vehicle Nottinghamshire car meet

A suspect was arrested after a speeding driver reportedly crashed into two pedestrians at a car meet in Nottinghamshire.

Officers first received reports of cars racing each other along Mansfield Road, Annesley, at around 8.40pm on Thursday (20 July).

Around 50 cars are believed to have been involved in the meet, while large numbers of people gathered to watch at Junction 27 of the M1.

Before police arrived, one vehicle involved in the race reportedly lost control and drove straight into a roundabout at the junction – hitting two bystanders.

Both pedestrians suffered injuries that aren’t believed to be life-altering.

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After attending the scene, police detained a suspect, who took a roadside drugs wipe, which tested positive for traces of cannabis.

The 30-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drug-driving.

Chief Inspector Chris Sutcliffe, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “While car meets themselves aren’t illegal and aren’t a criminal offence, street racing and dangerous driving certainly are, as they put people’s safety at risk.

“With this in mind, we’d always warn anyone against attending these types of gatherings.

“The standard of driving demonstrated in this incident has absolutely no place on our roads and puts the drivers themselves, other road users and pedestrians in danger, as shown in this incident where two bystanders suffered injuries.

“Everyone involved should count themselves very lucky that these injuries weren’t more serious.

“It should also go without saying but driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol is completely unacceptable and can lead to devastating consequences.

“We have arrested a suspect in connection with this incident, but we’d ask anyone who was at the car meet, has any information, or any dash-cam footage that could assist our investigation to come forward.”

Information can be left by calling the police on 101, quoting incident 749 of 20 July 2023, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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