Marking of South Yorkshire Police vehicles under scrutiny after crash

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A police woman officer has been off work for a month after a car crashed into her vehicle, throwing her over the bonnet, when she stopped to help a stranded motorist.

The incident in Rotherham, which left the officer with suspected ligament damage, prompted criticism of a decision by Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright to brand previously unmarked South Yorkshire Police vehicles with police livery.

South Yorkshire’s Police Federation chairman Neil Bowles has reported the incident to the force’s health and safety committee. He said he is concerned that officers driving newly-marked cars may feel obliged to stop if flagged down - despite having no extra equipment such as blue lights. Mr Wright said he expressed his ‘sincere sympathies’.