Runaway car drama at city car park

Peter WalshMotorists have today been urged to make sure their vehicles are parked safely and securely after a car rolled out of Norwich car park into a busy road.Peter Walsh

Motorists have today been urged to make sure their vehicles are parked safely and securely after a car rolled out of Norwich car park into a busy road.

The unoccupied Land Rover Freelander car, which was parked at the Rouen Road pay and display car park, rolled backwards out of the car park before coming to rest in the middle of Rouen Road.

Police officers were called to the scene to ensure other vehicles could make their way safely past until the stricken vehicle could be recovered.

Fortunately no-one was hurt in the incident, which happened at about 11.30am today, and is the latest in a string of similar incidents to have occurred at the car park.

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As the Evening News reported in February last year a black Volkswagen Golf rolled out of the car park and crashed into the wall of the nearby All Hallows convent.

The crash demolished the wall and was the third time the convent had been hit in a just a year. A faulty handbrake was believed to have been responsible for the crash, although it is not yet clear what was responsible for yesterday's incident.

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A police spokeswoman said: 'We got the call at 11.25am to reports a Freelander had rolled out of the pay and display car park and was blocking one lane of the highway.'

The spokeswoman said officers were sent to the scene as the vehicle was blocking the road and remained with it until it was recovered and the owner could be contacted.

She said that although it was not clear what had caused this incident, motorists in general should always ensure that their vehicles are parked safely and securely.

Amy Lyall, a spokeswoman for Norwich City Council, said: 'This car park has a slope and in the past there have been some problems with cars rolling back. The city council has addressed this by putting a barrier in place around the car park to stop cars from rolling. This works well generally, but in this case the car rolled out through the entrance.

'We would urge people parking on slopes to take care their handbrakes are on and their cars are in gear to prevent incidents of this kind.'

Have you been involved in an accident with a runaway car? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email

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