Woman and child taken to hospital after car crashes into shop: Two men arrested following police chase

Two men have been arrested after a police chase through the streets of Wigan in broad daylight.


Shortly before 1.45pm on Monday, officers pursued a blue Ford Fiesta after it failed to stop for officers on Gidlow Lane.

During the chase the Ford Fiesta collided with two vehicles, one of which was propelled into the front of The 1:1 Diet shop.

The picture, sent in by a reader, shows the two cars at the junction

The picture, sent in by a reader, shows the two cars at the junction

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Two people – a 51-year-old woman and a nine-year-old boy – were both treated by paramedics for minor injuries.

The nine-year-old and a passenger were able to get out of the car, but fire crews needed to cut the female driver out of the vehicle.

The woman was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment to a hip injury, while the child also needed hospital treatment for a head injury.

Roller shutters on the front of the shop were damaged and firefighters forced their way inside to make sure the property was safe.

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, drug driving and money laundering.

A 23- year-old man was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of money laundering.

Enquiries are ongoing.

The shop, 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, will remain closed for the next few days, with clients being directed to alternative venues.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting incident number 1088 of 08/04/19.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.