Update: Pottergate reopens after car crashes through front doors of Norwich Jobcentre

PUBLISHED: 01:19 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:27 26 March 2013

The scene outside Norwich Jobcentre after a car crashed through its front doors. Steve Adams

The scene outside Norwich Jobcentre after a car crashed through its front doors. Steve Adams


A man has been arrested this morning after a car crashed into a job centre in the centre of Norwich.

Emergency services were called to Norwich Jobcentre Plus at about 9.40am this morning after a Rover car crashed into the front doors of the building in Pottergate.

The building has been evacuated and a cordon was set up around the building. However, no injuries have been reported.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: “The gold Rover 75 broke the glass doors at approximately 9.40am this morning. A man in his mid 30s was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving and taken to the Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for further questioning.”

“A man has been arrested and he is on his way to a police investigation centre.”

Firefighters from Carrow, Sprowston and Earlham attended the collision to make the car and scene safe.

The damage was limited to the door area. The crews inspected and handed over to the building occupiers.

A spokesman for Jobcentre Plus said there were no injuries, but the building was set to be closed for the rest of the day.

Inspector Dave Rust said: “Nobody was hurt and the driver has been arrested.

About 200 people were evacuated from the building, which is home to BT and the Jobcentre.

Paul O’Donovan, Jobcentre business manager, said: “The entrance is for customers and staff. I heard a smash, it’s a bit of a shock.”

Dena Honnor, attending an appointment as a sign language interpreter, said: “I arrived for our appointment but after this incident we’ll now have to rearrange.”

The road reopened at 1.30pm.

Anyone who witnessed the crash should call police on 101

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