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Diamond Bus crashes on Unicorn Hill after man releases handbrake

Harry Leach 25th Mar, 2019 Updated: 25th Mar, 2019

A DIAMOND bus almost crashed through the window of a popular Indian restaurant after a man released the vehicle’s hand brake while it was parked at Redditch Bus Station.

At around 7.05pm on Saturday, March 23, the number 58 bus collided into two cars – both owned by workers at Shahi Palace – before smashing into railings just outside the restaurant.

It’s believed the man, who is wanted by police, boarded the empty bus to either try and steal it or to release the hand brake as a prank.

Luckily no one was injured.

Owner of Shahi Palace, Mr Singh said: “The driver must have stepped away from the bus for a moment because when it crashed outside there was no one in the driving seat.”

PC Andrew Freeman from West Mercia Police said: “This collision could have had devastating consequences.

“It caused a significant amount of damage to the parked vehicles involved.

“While no arrests have been made, investigations are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision.

“We would therefore be keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time who may have witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage of it.”

A spokesperson for Diamond Bus said: “The perpetrator drove the vehicle out of the bus station and immediately fled the scene of the incident after the collision.

“A full investigation is underway and we are assisting the police in anyway we can.”

If you have any information call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 657s.

Alternatively you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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