Motorbike duo hospitalised after police car crash

A POLICE car and a motorbike collided after officers apparently went through a red light on their way to answer a 999 call last week.

The motorbike rider and his pillion passenger were both taken to hospital after the crash which happened at about 5.45pm on Tuesday at the junction of Braybrooke Road and South Terrace.

It is understood that one of the casualties was put in a neck brace as a precaution, but their injuries were not serious and both were released from the Conquest Hospital later that evening.

The police car had its lights and sirens on when it is thought to have gone through the red light but the exact circumstances are unclear and police are working to establish what happened.

Parts of South Terrace and Priory Avenue were shut as was Braybrooke Road right down to the railway bridge at the bottom of Cornwallis Gardens, but all reopened after about 90 minutes.

The police car was responding to a 999 call after a burglar alarm went off in an unnamed local business. The officer in the passenger side of the car received slight injuries, but did not require hospital treatment.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said an incident like this would only normally be referred to its investigators if it had resulted in a death or a serious injury, and a spokesman for Sussex Police said the IPCC would not be involved.

“No arrests have been made and we’re still trying to establish the cause of the crash and are looking for witnesses who haven’t yet come forward,” she added.

Anyone with any information can call Sussex Police on 0845 6070999.