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Norfolk police have written off 34 cars in the last five years

PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:44 20 February 2015

The police car which crashed at the bottom of Grapes Hill.

The police car which crashed at the bottom of Grapes Hill.

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Norfolk Police has seen more than 30 of the force’s cars written off in the last five years - including one in a head-on collision with a bus.

Figures revealed after a request by the EDP under the Freedom of Information Act show that 34 Norfolk Constabulary vehicles have been written off since January 2010.

The majority of incidents saw police vehicles in collision with other cars, making up 23 of the write-offs.

In other incidents, the vehicles are described as being in collision with water, an animal, a verge, bollards, a tree or hedge, or, stationary objects.

One incident, at around 6.40am on March 11, 2013, took place on Reepham Road in Themelthorpe, when a marked police vehicle was in a head-on collision with a bus.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said the road was covered with ice and snow at the time, with driving conditions poor when the “low-speed” collision took place.

No one on the bus was injured and the officer in the police vehicle sustained minor injuries.

The figures follow revelations in the EDP in January that Norfolk Police vehicles have been in more than 600 accidents since 2010.

Six of those incidents involved more than one police vehicles colliding with each other.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokesperson said: “All officers are assessed prior to completing a basic driving course and may go on to complete response and advanced driver training if required for their role, and this is subject to regular, refresher training.

“If an officer is involved in a collision, the circumstances will always be fully investigated in line with established policies and procedures.

“There may be some circumstances where further or refresher training is recommended, with a mandatory referral to our Professional Standards Department should there be any indication of misconduct.”

Have you been involved in a collision with a police vehicle? Email reporter Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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