Three police car crashes in Sussex in 24 hours

Police at the scene of the accident in New Church Road, Hove
Image caption The Hove crash came just minutes after another police collision in Littlehampton

Three police vehicles have been involved in separate crashes in Sussex inside 24 hours, leaving a woman with serious injuries and a police officer with a suspected broken leg.

The officer was hurt when her police car was in collision with a van in Ditchling Road, Brighton, on Wednesday.

And on Thursday there were two crashes within 15 minutes of each other, in Hove and Littlehampton.

A 54-year-old woman is in hospital with serious injuries after the Hove crash.

Following the Brighton collision, which happened as police answered an emergency call in Preston Drove. the policewoman was trapped for about an hour.

She was freed by firefighters and taken with her special constable passenger to hospital for treatment. The van driver was not injured.

'Thoroughly investigated'

In Littlehampton, an officer suffered minor whiplash injuries when a car ran into the back of his police car in Bridge Road.

Minutes later, there was a third crash, in New Church Road, Hove, involving a police vehicle on its way to another emergency.

The road policing unit, which was using blue lights and sirens, was in collision with a Nissan at the junction with Saxon Road.

The Nissan driver suffered minor injuries while his passenger was more seriously hurt, although police say the injuries are not life-threatening.

Ch Insp Natalie Moloney, of Sussex Police, said: "It is unusual that we have had three collisions involving police vehicles in two days.

"I will ensure that each of the incidents are thoroughly investigated to understand what has happened."

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