Police appeal after Tar Barrels marshall injured

Ottery Tar Barrels 2014. Ref sho 9864-45-14AW Picture: Alex Walton

Ottery Tar Barrels 2014. Ref sho 9864-45-14AW Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

A marshal at yesterday’s (Thursday) Tar Barrels suffered a fractured wrist after being dragged along by a car which had driven through a road closure.

Police say the female marshal was involved in an altercation with the driver of a dark coloured Audi A3 before the vehicle accelerated through the closure at Strawberry Lane, in Ottery St Mary, at around 5.28pm.

Officers said the Audi did not remain at the scene of the collision, but the driver, a 43-year-old local man, was subsequently located and will be interviewed in due course.

A force spokesperson said: “Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses to this incident, in particular the driver or occupants of a red mini or similar who may have had a previous altercation with the same marshals at the same location.

“An altercation allegedly occurred between the driver of the Audi vehicle and the marshal, resulting in the driver accelerating through the road closure.

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“On doing so the female marshal was dragged along by the vehicle for a few metres before falling into the road.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk quoting police reference 581 051115.

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