Police injured in joyride car smash horror

Two policemen were seriously injured in a car smash which also damaged a residential hostel.

The crash took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning when police in an unmarked BMW were searching the area for a black Audi which had been stolen from a property in Wyke.

The Audi then crashed into the BMW, causing the police officers’ car to crash into the wall of the hostel in Scott Lane just after 3am on Tuesday.

A police officer who was driving the car and a special constable who was the passenger were both cut free from the wreckage by energency services before being taken to Leeds General Infirmary where they are still being treated for their injuries.

The passenger in the Audi, a 25-year-old man from Bradford, was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary with chest injuries. The driver of the Audi, a 23-year-old Bradford man, fled the scene but was later caught by police and taken to Pinderfields Hospital with a serious injury. Both men have since been arrested.

A spokesman from the West Yorkshire Probation Service said that residents of the hostel had been moved to other “approved premises” in West Yorkshire while repairs took place to the damaged building.

Simon Fraser, operations manager for approved premises at West Yorkshire Probation said: “The direct damage was to a non-residential part of the building but it has left that area structurally unsafe and so nine bedrooms cannot be occupied at the moment.

“We are working to get scaffolding into place immediately and then to repair the building as quickly as possible, but significant work is required.”

Anyone with information about the incident can call the police on the non-emergency 101 number.