Police car crashes cost public £1m ...

Police crashes cost the public more than �1 million
Police crashes cost the public more than �1 million

A million pound bill has been racked up by police officers who have been involved in more than a thousand car crashes in the past three years, writes Ben Edwards.

The figures, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that Thames Valley Police were involved in 1,237 collisions between 2007 and 2010.

But only 17 vehicles attached to Thame Police Station were involved in crashes, costing the tax payer £13,000 in repair and compensation bills.

Nearly half of the recorded incidents involved a police vehicle hitting either a stationary object or an animal.

Other reasons given included hitting a stationary vehicle, losing control in poor conditions and being hit by a third party.

Incidents involving vehicles attached to Thame Police Station included a smash in Dormer Road, costing £1,500, and another in Wheatley, where a police car struck a stationary vehicle, causing £4,000 damage.

Other locations in Thame included accidents on Rycote Lane and Oxford Road.

One vehicle was also involved in a collision at Thame Police Station, but no damage was reported.

Two police vehicles were hit on the A418 in Tiddington, one of which was rammed deliberately, causing £3,500 damage.

Other vehicles attached to Thame Police Station were involved in crashes recorded in Brill, Oxford and Witney.

The exact location of a further four incidents involving either a stationary object or an animal were not recorded.

Thames Valley Police declined to comment on the figures.