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Norfolk police being investigated after injured A47 crash victim not found by officers called to the scene

15:12 20 July 2012

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

Seriously injured man found more than four hours later by member of the public at Walpole Highway, near Wisbech

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating Norfolk Police’s actions after a seriously injured crash victim was not found by officers who attended the scene on the A47.

The man was found by a member of the public more than four hours after police were called to a damaged Peugeot 406 at Walpole Highway, near Wisbech, on Sunday, July 8.

The car’s location had first been reported at 11.20am on the Sunday and officers attended “shortly thereafter,” said a statement.

It is thought the car had crashed sometime between 8.30pm the previous night and the time of the report. It ended-up in a ditch off the westbound side of the dual carriageway.

IPCC Commissioner Sarah Green said: “A period of several hours elapsed before the man was discovered in a serious medical condition. We have decided to undertake an independent investigation to examine the actions of the police following the initial report of the incident. We are appealing for anyone who saw the injured man or the damaged vehicle off the A47 to please contact us.”

The IPCC wants to hear from anyone who saw the 54-year-old man, by the damaged dark blue Peugeot 406, just beyond the Mill Road overpass.

Anyone who saw him or the damaged Peugeot off the A47 is asked to contact the IPCC on 0800 096 9076 or email: a47appeal@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk.

The IPCC also wants to trace the man who initially reported the vehicle to the police from an emergency phone at a lay-by on the A47 at about 11.20am.

The IPCC has made contact with the family of the man who is still in a serious condition in hospital, to inform them of its involvement.

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