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Six men injured in police pursuit after Norwich burglary

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Image caption Police spotted the car heading towards Newmarket in Suffolk after reports of a burglary in Norwich

Six men were taken to hospital after a car crashed following a police pursuit across three counties.

Three people were seriously injured after the Mercedes was driven the wrong way along a stretch of the A11 before crashing in Six Mile Bottom, Cambridgeshire, on Wednesday.

Police said the men were in one car, which fled after a burglary in Cavell Road, Norwich at about 21:25 BST.

Five men were arrested at the scene of the crash.

The people seriously injured were taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, and West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

Three other men have been released from hospital and were being held by police.

A police helicopter, based near Chelmsford, was scrambled and said it was involved in the pursuit of the "stolen" car.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary said the black Mercedes C 200 was driven the wrong way along the A11 northbound before it turned around and continued in the right direction.

Burglary reports

The car had been spotted by Norfolk officers heading towards Suffolk, following reports of the burglary,

They started following the car towards Newmarket on the A14 before it crashed at the junction of the A1304 and A11 in Cambridgeshire - 55 miles (88km) away from the reported burglary.

A Norfolk police spokeswoman said the car did not hit a police car and no other vehicle was involved.

It was not known what the car crashed into, she added.

Four fire engines from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were called just after 22:30 GMT to the crash.

They cut three of the men out of the Mercedes.

The A11 was fully reopened late on Thursday morning, Cambridgeshire police said.

Norfolk Police said the incident had been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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