Four people rescued after BMW crashes into canal in Leicester

Four people were rescued after a car crashed into a canal in Leicester city centre.

The four people, all in their 20s, were rescued by fire crews after their BMW plunged into the Grand Union Canal on Soar Lane.

Police had attempted to stop the car on Vaughan Way at around 9.15pm on Friday (1 March) following concerns about the manner in which the vehicle was being driven.

The car plunged into the Grand Union Canal

The car didn’t stop and was followed by officers on to Soar Lane where it collided with fencing and plunged into the Grand Union Canal. 

Fire crews were involved in a two-hour recovery operation to get the car out of the canal.

The rescue work was completed in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Three men, aged 28, 24 and 23, and a 23-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop and theft of a motor vehicle.

The recovery operation took two hours to complete

The four were taken to hospital, where one currently remains. Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening or life changing. 

A scene preservation was set up in the area while officers carried out initial enquiries but has since been lifted. Enquiries are continuing.

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