West Yorkshire Man Charged After Car Driven Into People In Blackpool

19 year old Jake Hartley from Todmorden is due in court accused of a range of offences.

A West Yorkshire man is due in court this morning after a car was driven at pedestrians in Blackpool on Saturday night.

Police were called to the Talbot Square area of the seaside town at around 11.50pm and armed officers were deployed to the scene.

The car was recovered a short time later near the Norbreck Castle Hotel.

One woman, in her 80s, suffered a broken collarbone, another in her 70s suffered a sprained ankle and cuts and bruises to her legs, and a woman in her 30s suffered a broken tooth, a swollen jaw and bruises to her legs.

Officers arrested 19 year old Jake Hartley of Rochdale Road, Todmorden at the scene, and have since charged him with a range of offences.

They are: attempted Section 18 wounding; three offences of Section 47 assault; dangerous driving; driving over the prescribed limit of alcohol; driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence; driving without insurance and possession of a weapon capable of incapacitation.

Detective Superintendent Ian Whitehead, of Lancashire Constabulary, said:

“This was a frightening incident at a time when Blackpool town centre was busy with people enjoying a night out.

“Fortunately through the fast actions of our officers and the town centre security staff, we were able to quickly locate the vehicle and arrest the driver, while keeping members of the  public safe.

“Our thoughts remain with the women who were injured as they continue their recovery.”


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