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Man charged over alleged hit and run outside The Hawthorns

A man has been charged over an alleged hit and run outside The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, that left a woman with a number of fractures.

The hit and run happened on Birmingham Road outside The Hawthorns stadium Credit: Google Street View

Tomasz Kolakowski, from Trinity Road in aston, is due before magistrates in Sandwell on suspicion of hitting the 20-year-old woman while driving his Vauxhall Vectra at about 3pm on Friday.

It happened on Birmingham Road and he is then alleged to have drove off from the scene.

The 22-year-old has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at scene of collision, and driving without insurance or a valid licence.

The woman is still in hospital with a broken leg, broken arm, pelvic injuries and other cuts and bruises.


Car driven at a group of people outside social club

The Vauxhall Astra Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are hunting the occupants of a car which was driven at a crowd of people as they left a West Bromwich social club at closing time.

The crash left an 18-year-old girl in hospital with spinal injuries.

It happened outside the Oakdale Social Club in Oak Lane at about 11.15pm on February 20.

The Vauxhall Astra deliberately mounted the kerb and drove at people gathered outside the club.

Oakdale Social Club in West Bromwich Credit: Google Maps

Officers believe the car was carrying three or four Asian men who'd been involved in an earlier disturbance outside the club. The men had driven out of the car park, but - moments later - the car was turned around and driven into the crowd.

The teenage girl was rushed to hospital with suspected spinal fractures but she has since been allowed home to recover.

"Exactly what led to such a dangerous and violent act is not clear, but we do know that the men used a dark blue Vauxhall Astra to drive at the group outside the club.

"Their actions could have left people with much more serious, if not fatal, injuries and it is only good fortune that prevented the young woman from being badly hurt.

"The car would undoubtedly have been left with front end damage and we want to hear from anyone who saw it leaving the scene or in the area after that night.

"Make no mistake, this was a serious incident and we need to find those people involved. We urge anyone who was at Oakdale Social Club that night and who may be able to help our inquiry to call us as soon as possible."

– DC Luke Stephens, from Force CID in Smethwick
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West Brom want McManaman and Man United midfielder

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has not given up on his chase for Callum McManaman but insisted he does have other options.

The Baggies have made two bids for Wigan winger McManaman as Pulis looks to revamp his squad.

Calum McManaman could be heading to West Brom. Credit: PA

While Albion's second offer has not been officially rejected it is understood it will be turned down.

Pulis has also spoken to Manchester United's Darren Fletcher and remains hopeful over McManaman.

It is going on along with two or three others.

We are exploring the situation to see if we can bring him in.

We need to decide if it's a good deal for us or not and it has to be right for everyone.

The clubs have to agree but it's got to be right for the player as well.

– Tony Pulis
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