1. ITV Report

Mini Cooper wedged down stairs in Morpeth

How did that car get there....and how on earth did the driver get out?

These are the questions stunned passers-by have been asking after spotting a Mini Cooper wedged on a narrow set of stairs at a Northumberland park.

The car, with Union flag branding on its roof, was discovered in the Castle Walk area of Carlisle Park, in Morpeth, on Monday night.

The matter was reported to Northumbria Police whose officers cordoned off the path.

However, the car remained in its awkward position all morning, prompting those passing to stop and take pictures.

Police say they were called to Carlisle Park at around 11.30pm on Monday after receiving a report of a vehicle and its driver stuck halfway down a public stairway.

A spokesman said: “Emergency services attended and the driver was freed from the vehicle, a red Mini Cooper S. He was not injured during the incident.

“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing but a 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, and remains in police custody.

“The stairway has been cordoned off from the public, and arrangements are now being made to lift the vehicle out of the stairwell at 11pm.”

Dozens of comments were posted online about the incident, with many people wondering how the car became stuck in such a tight spot.


Some also made reference to the famous car chase involving Mini Coopers in the 1969 movie The Italian Job.

Among those who saw the vehicle was Derek Taylor who said: “I was rather surprised to see the car there. It’s a narrow footpath and this car was well and truly wedged.

“The area was cordoned off and there was a notice on the windscreen saying the police were aware of the incident.

“It looks like someone tried to do an Italian Job.”

One comment on Facebook said: “Bit of a tight squeeze I think.”

Another message read: “Italian job style.”

And one man wrote: “Guess someone tried the Italian Job mk3 in Morpeth this morning.”


Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference 1215 120318 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.