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Aston Villa and Scotland's Barry Bannan held after M1 crash

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Image caption Barry Bannan (pictured) and James Collins were arrested in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire

Premier League footballer Barry Bannan has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and failing to stop after a car crash on the M1 in Nottinghamshire.

The 21-year-old Aston Villa and Scotland midfielder was arrested along with Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins on Sunday morning.

A Range Rover travelling south hit the central reservation near junction 26 at 05:30 BST, Nottinghamshire Police said.

The motorway was closed for a short time following the crash.

No other vehicles were reported to be involved.

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A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: "Two men from the West Midlands area have been bailed after being arrested in connection with a road traffic collision on the southbound M1 on Sunday morning.

"The M1 had to be closed for a short time while the vehicle was recovered.

"Two men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested in Bulwell, near Nottingham, shortly after 7am on suspicion of drink driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

"Both have been bailed pending further inquiries and will return at a date in December."

Aston Villa declined to comment.

The 21-year-old, capped nine times by Scotland, had featured in Villa's 2-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.

Coventry-born Mr Collins began his career at Aston Villa and joined League Two Shrewsbury earlier this year.

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