Page last updated at 09:43 GMT, Thursday, 5 June 2008 10:43 UK

Police stop blazing runaway van

police van on fire
The van fire was put out by firefighters

Officers drove a car into the path of a burning police van to stop it careering into a nearby house.

The van had been set on fire by vandals in a Nottingham suburb while officers were investigating a crime.

The van's brakes were wrecked in the fire and it started rolling towards the home in Norwich Gardens, Bulwell.

Nottinghamshire Police said it could have been a devastating accident. The force praised the quick thinking of officers who stopped the van.

No-one was injured and no arrests have yet been made.

If the van had rolled into the house, with people inside, there could easily have been a devastating result
Det Insp Rob Griffin

A Nottinghamshire police spokeswoman said officers had access to CCTV images from the area and would examine them as part of their investigation.

"Quick-thinking officers, who were responding to an assistance call, drove their Ford Focus into the van to prevent it from colliding with properties and causing significant damage and potential injury to people living there," a police spokesman said.

Det Insp Rob Griffin said: "It is extremely lucky no-one was injured or worse.

"This was a mindless attack on a police vehicle by vandals who spared no thought for the potential consequences.

"If the van had rolled into the house, with people inside, there could easily have been a devastating result."




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