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Man trapped as car crashes after police pursuit in Portsmouth

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  • by Alex Bee and Clare Semke
 

Fire crews today freed a driver after a car being pursued by police crashed into the front of a house in Portsmouth.

The accident happened in Meon Road, Milton, shortly after 11.30am.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Cosham and Southsea fire stations had been called to the scene.

The front wall of the property, at the junction of Catisfield Road and Meon Road, was completely destroyed but there was no significant structural damage to the house itself.

Police said they had been pursuing the car before it crashed.

Crew manager Lee Sheen from Southsea Fire Station said: ‘We were called to a car into a building which turned out to be the front garden wall.

‘On arrival we found we had one male casualty, not trapped physically but trapped by his injuries.

‘We made the scene safe quite quickly and established a plan, working with the police and ambulance service to take the roof off to extricate him from the vehicle on a spinal board.’

Ian Gayfer, 66, who lives nearby said: ‘I had just got back from work and they [the police] were blocking the road off.

‘My wife’s heard the bang, but she just thought a car had bottomed out on the road.’

 

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