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Last Updated: Monday, 7 February, 2005, 20:15 GMT
United pair 'raced before crash'
Mads Timm
Timm appeared in court with fellow player Callum Flanagan
A Manchester United player raced his team mate in a high-speed chase before crashing into an innocent driver, a court was told on Monday.

Mads Timm, 20, of Bowden, Cheshire, raced Callum Flanagan, 19, of Ludgate Hill, Manchester, just after leaving the club's training ground last year.

Manchester Crown Court was told Mr Flanagan raced round a bend and crashed, injuring driver Angela Bourne.

Mr Flanagan has admitted dangerous driving but Mr Timm denies the charge.

The court heard how the two players were seen speeding up and slowing down alongside each other on the road near the ground in Partington, Greater Manchester, on 14 January 2004.

Witnesses saw them gesticulating to one another at traffic lights.

The prosecution said both players slowed down for a speed camera before speeding away round a bend.

Mr Timm made it round the bend but Mr Flanagan "failed to negotiate it properly."

The trial was adjourned until Tuesday.

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