Essex police helicopter hunts hoodies after car crash in High Road, Benfleet

Police chopper hunts hoodies after smash

The scene straight after the car smash in High Road, Benfleet

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A SPEEDING driver smashed into four parked vehicles then fled – sparking a police manhunt across Benfleet.

The black Vauxhall missed by centimetres a car carryingamum and daughter as it crashed into a row of parked cars in High Road, Benfleet.

Four men, wearing hoodies, ran off in separate directions and Essex Police’s helicopter was scrambled to search for them.

The 16-year-old daughter, who asked not to be named, said she and her mother were turning into a parking space outside the Co-op supermarket when they saw a car careering towards them at about 50mph.

She said: “I was a bit shaken.

The car was a centimetre away from hitting us.

“We went to pull over to go in the shop and as we did, we saw the black car swerve around us. It crashed into the cars and the airbags went off.

“Four men in hoodies got out, took all their stuff and went off in separate directions.

“They didn’t talk or take any notice of what they had done, they just walked away at a fast pace. Some went towards the train station and some up Kents Hill.

“It felt like I had just watched something from a TV show. I was amazed by what I had seen.

“It was pretty scary. We’re just lucky we escaped uninjured.”

She said the car had been travelling south towards Benfleet station.

The teenager added: “It was good the cars they crashed into were parked and no one was in them. One had practically fallen apart at the front.”

Police were called at about 9.20pm and the force’s helicopter joined the search at about 9.50pm.

Officers on the ground arrested two men, aged 21 and 20, from East London, who were arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision and going equipped to commit a crime. The police refused to confirm any further details.

Essex Police said the crashed car had not been stolen.

A spokesperson added: “Four vehicles were struck and received varying degrees of damage.”

At the time the Echo went to press, the two men were still in police custody.

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10:17am Thu 29 May 14

Chris Flunk says...

Who gives a fuuck - Not Me wrote:
Haha. What legends! A few years ago I was actually in a stolen car. I never knew as well until we crashed it my mate had been sniffing gear! We crashed just off Rayleigh Weir into someones garden wall. Then we all made a runner. Luckily we weren't caught. Was hilarious though!
I really look forward to these Jackanory moments, your creative writing is really improving. At this rate you might even scrape a 'C' grade in your English GCSE.
[quote][p][bold]Who gives a fuuck - Not Me[/bold] wrote: Haha. What legends! A few years ago I was actually in a stolen car. I never knew as well until we crashed it my mate had been sniffing gear! We crashed just off Rayleigh Weir into someones garden wall. Then we all made a runner. Luckily we weren't caught. Was hilarious though![/p][/quote]I really look forward to these Jackanory moments, your creative writing is really improving. At this rate you might even scrape a 'C' grade in your English GCSE. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 43

10:45am Thu 29 May 14

pembury53 says...

about the most exciting thing in benfleet for ages....
about the most exciting thing in benfleet for ages.... pembury53
  • Score: -10

5:00pm Thu 29 May 14

Guess Whose Back Mother Fucckers! says...

pembury53 wrote:
about the most exciting thing in benfleet for ages....
Yeah. Apart from the guy that stole £300 worth of meat a few weeks back at Tarpots. That was pretty exciting.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: about the most exciting thing in benfleet for ages....[/p][/quote]Yeah. Apart from the guy that stole £300 worth of meat a few weeks back at Tarpots. That was pretty exciting. Guess Whose Back Mother Fucckers!
  • Score: 3

6:13pm Fri 30 May 14

born and raised criminal says...

Hey there people. Just want to say it was me who was the driver. I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Hey there people. Just want to say it was me who was the driver. I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused. born and raised criminal
  • Score: -2

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