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Suspected car race on M11 leaves moped rider in hospital with multiple injuries and two innocent women hurt

Police investigating a suspected car race on the M11 near London are appealing for witnesses and information after a collision that left three innocent people injured, one of them seriously.

A moped rider remains in hospital after being taken there with multiple injuries. He is in a stable condition. Two women were also hurt.

A black Mercedes and a black Honda Civic were reported being driven at speed by two men from Edmonton, north London, on the southbound M11 between junctions 5 and 4, near Loughton and Woodford, shortly before 11.35pm on Sunday 8 August.

The Honda collided with a black and grey moped ridden by a 32-year-old man from north London.

A Toyota Prius that tried to avoid the vehicles was then in collision with a Vauxhall Crosslander. Two women in the Toyota, both from east London, were injured: a 38-year-old suffered whiplash and a 48-year-old fractured a wrist.

The drivers of the Honda, Mercedes and Vauxhall were unhurt.

The Honda and Mercedes drivers, aged 25 and 28 respectively, were arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink-driving and racing on a highway. The Merc driver was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer.

A 26-year-old woman from Finchley, north London, who is connected to the Mercedes was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and racing on a highway.

They have all been released under investigation.

Essex police want to hear from anyone who saw the vehicles on the M11 before the incident or who has relevant dashcam footage.

Contact the roads policing unit in Chigwell, quoting incident 1302 of 8 August. You can submit a report online at www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator from 7am to 11pm. Alternatively, call 101.

Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org.

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