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Driver who tried to flee from police arrested after car crashes into health centre wall

PUBLISHED: 23:34 19 July 2019 | UPDATED: 23:34 19 July 2019

Car crashed into Adelaide Street Health Centre in Norwich. Picture Archant.

Car crashed into Adelaide Street Health Centre in Norwich. Picture Archant.

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A man has been arrested after a car crashed into the wall of a health centre in Norwich.

It happened around 2.10pm on Friday afternoon, where a witness said a driver had fled the silver Mercedes-Benz which crashed into the wall of Adelaide Street Health Centre, on the junction of Adelaide Street and West End Street.

Police involved in Operation Moonshot - a police initiative which uses number plate recognition to target organised crime - were operating in the area.

And Norfolk police said: "After becoming aware of a police presence, the car made off from officers and collided with the wall of the property."

It is understood that the car had only travelled a short distance before it crashed.

Car crashed into Adelaide Street Health Centre in Norwich. Picture Archant.Car crashed into Adelaide Street Health Centre in Norwich. Picture Archant.

Additional police officers and a fire crew were called to the scene, where firefighters put out a fire in the car.

Police officers arrested a man in the Stafford Street area a short time later. The man, in his 20s remains in custody after being arrested for traffic and drug related offences.

Part of the wall which the car hit, which surrounded a bicycle storage area at the front of the Adelaide Street Health Centre was destroyed.

The front of the car, including the bonnet, had crumpled.

A car has crashed into the health centre on Adelaide Street in Norwich. Photo: SubmittedA car has crashed into the health centre on Adelaide Street in Norwich. Photo: Submitted

Staff at Lloyd's Pharmacy said they had heard a bang, while a member of staff at the nearby Adelaide Therapy Centre said a bicycle belonging to a friend had been damaged.

Three police cars, including the dog unit, were initially on the scene, but all but one left during the wait for a recovery vehicle to arrive.

Yellow police tape surrounded the crashed car.

Members of the public were gathering to take photographs and staff at the medical centre were looking on with concern at the damage.

A car has crashed into the health centre on Adelaide Street in Norwich. Photo: SubmittedA car has crashed into the health centre on Adelaide Street in Norwich. Photo: Submitted

The medical centre was still open and none of the roads in the area were closed.

The health centre is run by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. The trust did not want to comment on what had happened.

Norfolk police later tweeted a photograph of the damaged car and said: "This was the end result for a male who attempted to evade Operation Moonshot today.

"Fortunately nobody was hurt and was a result of his actions entirely! He ran off but was quickly detained and arrested for traffic and drug related offences!"

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