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Update: Two people arrested after car crashes into block of flats in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 09:13 05 June 2014

Scene at Royal Arch Court in Norwich where a car demolished part of the wall. Photo: Bill Smith

Scene at Royal Arch Court in Norwich where a car demolished part of the wall. Photo: Bill Smith


Two women have been arrested after a car crashed into a block of flats on Earlham Road in Norwich late last night – causing it to be evacuated.

The crash, involving a Mini, happened at Royal Arch Court, opposite the Cathedral of St John The Baptist, shortly before 10.30pm. It caused damage to the building and both police and firefighters were called to the scene.

A spokesman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said that nobody was trapped following the crash.

He said two fire crews were initially called to the scene and a cordon was put in place around the building until a structural engineer was able to assess the damage.

He said last night that three vehicles from the fire service’s urban search and rescue Team also attended with specialist equipment to assist with shoring up the building.

A spokesman for Norfolk police today confirmed that two women have been arrested in connection with the incident. The spokesman said: “Following an incident on Earlham Road at around 10:20pm last night (Wed 4 June) where a vehicle was in collision with the side of a property, two women were arrested in connection with it.

The first, a woman in her early 20s from the Norwich area was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at a road traffic collision. The second, woman in late 30s from the Norwich areas was arrested on suspicion of public order offences. Both remain in custody at this time.”

Royal Arch Court has about 53 flats over five floors. The properties are for people aged 60 or over.

The spokesman said that residents had evacuated the building prior to the fire service arriving and no-one was injured.

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