Fatality at Hednesford Raceway
26th September 2011
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Staffordshire Police and Cannock Chase Council are now carrying out a detailed investigation following an incident at Hednesford Hills Raceway.

Emergency services were called to Hednesford Hills Raceway near Cannock at around 3.15pm yesterday (Sunday 25 September) following reports that a driver had been seriously injured during a stock car race.

The man, aged 43 and from Devon, is believed to have sustained fatal injuries when he was struck by another car during the race. We are not in a position confirm formal identification at this stage.

Ch Insp Carl Ratcliffe from Staffordshire Police said: "This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the man's family. We're liaising closely with them and will provide them with our full support.

"We're currently carrying out a detailed investigation to establish the full facts of what happened and will continue to provide significant support to the local environmental officers at Cannock Chase Council, who will take primacy in this investigation as it was a licensed event.

"We are appealing for anyone who directly witnessed the incident, especially those who may have video footage and who have not already given their details to police, to contact Sgt Richard Holt at Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 44 55 quoting 517 of 25 September, or David Prosser-Davies from Cannock Chase Council on 01543 464202.”

Steve Shilvock, Head of Environmental Health at Cannock Chase Council, said: “Our thoughts are naturally with the man’s family at what must be a very difficult and distressing time.

“We will continue to work with our partners Staffordshire Police and with the organisers of the event to establish a chain of events and will carry out a full and thorough investigation into the incident.

“We would echo the appeal for witnesses to contact us or the police with any information they may have about this tragic incident.”

Information courtesy of Alastair Smith - Cannock Chase Council Communications Officer

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