Multiple pedestrians injured after car failed to stop for police in Barnstaple

The car is said to have driven down Well Street before turning left onto Boutport Street Credit: Google

Multiple pedestrians have been injured after they were hit by a car that failed to stop for police in Barnstaple.

Officers had attempted to stop a black Vauxhall Astra shortly before 11:30pm last night (28 January), when it drove off down Well Street, going through a tight gap between a building and a bollard.

The car then turned left onto Boutport Street, allegedly colliding with a 'number of pedestrians', according to Devon and Cornwall Police.

The force has said everyone who was injured received medical treatment soon afterwards from both the public and emergency services staff.

Three people, two women in their 20s and a man in his 30s, were taken to hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life-changing.

Sergeant Steve Butler-Jones from the North Devon Roads Policing Unit said: “We would ask the owner of a black Vauxhall, registration KV56AXP to come forward as we believe they may be able to help with our enquiries. We understand it has recently changed ownership. 

“I would also like to appeal to the community of North Devon to come forward with any information that may assist with our enquiries.”

Devon and Cornwall Police has made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct [IOPC] following a road traffic collision involving a car after police contact in Barnstaple.

It's now appealing for anyone who witnesses the collision to contact the force, by quoting log 994 of the 28th January 2023.