Watchdog investigates 999 response

The police watchdog has been called in to investigate our police after a seriously injured man was found lying in a ditch in Cheltenham for more than two hours.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will look at the way Gloucestershire Constabulary responded to a call from a driver saying she may have hit someone.

The incident happen during race week, on March 16th, near the raccourse, a woman called police to say her car had been hit by a bottle or a person as she was driving home.

Officers searched the area but found nothing and went to the woman's home in Bishop's Cleeve to question her about the incident, she then took officerss to the correct location, on Evesham Road.

They found a man lying in a ditch with a number of injuries, including nine broken ribs, a punctured lung, three broken vertebrae in his lower back, a collapsed disc, a broken shoulder bone and a bruised heart.

Gloucestershire Police referred the matter to the IPCC.

A 46-year-old woman was subsequently arrested on suspicion of failing to stop following a road traffic collision. She has been released on police bail.

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