Eight seriously hurt as police car collides with vehicles

Three children and five adults have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a collision involving a marked police car and two other vehicles in Essex.

A woman in her 70s had to be freed by the fire service after her Fiat ended up on a verge, while a BMW carrying a man, woman and three boys aged five, seven and 11, was also hit.

The crash, which the serious collision investigation unit will examine, occurred on the A127 shortly before 4pm as the two-man police car was responding to an emergency with its siren and lights.