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Football fan stabbed before Kidderminster v Luton

Kidderminster fan stabbed after coach was attacked on way to match at Luton

By
Richard Vernalls, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

22:20 GMT, 1 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:14 GMT, 1 April 2013

A football fan has been stabbed and another taken to hospital after their coach was attacked.

The two men were among five busloads of supporters who had travelled from Kidderminster Harriers in their non-league away fixture against Luton Town FC on Monday.

Bedfordshire Police said that as the coaches queued in traffic about a mile from the Kenilworth Road ground an argument broke out between 'local residents' and the Kidderminster supporters in the rear coach.

Stadium: Kenilworth Road, where the Kidderminster fans were travelling

Stadium: Kenilworth Road, where the Kidderminster fans were travelling

It happened after the game ended as the vehicles were leaving Luton on the return journey, police said.

'It led to the coach being attacked,' said a police spokesman.

'Then some of the supporters got off to remonstrate and a fight ensued.'

Two Kidderminster fans are being treated in hospital for non life-threatening injuries, although one was stabbed twice.

'Four local men have been arrested and a police presence remains in the area where the violence broke out in Dunstable Street near the Mansfield Road junction.

Police said the attackers did not appear to have any connection to Luton Town.

Kidderminster won the Blue Square Bet Premier fixture 2-1, leaving them top of the table.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service confirmed it had taken two men to hospital.

'Police called us at 5.29pm this afternoon to Mansfield Road, Luton, close to the football ground.

'We conveyed two people, one a 38-year-old man, to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.'

Steve Millington, chairman of the Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters Trust, said: 'We deplore the attack on the coach.

'This shouldn’t happen in football or in society in general.

'We’re pleased to hear the injuries to the lad who was stabbed are not thought to be life-threatening and wish both those who were taken to hospital a speedy recovery.'

Jesse Ryder in critical condition after being beaten up outside Christchurch bar

New Zealand's Ryder in critical condition after being attacked outside Christchurch bar

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

20:41 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 27 March 2013

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital after being attacked at a bar, police have confirmed.

According to reports in New Zealand, the 28-year-old all-rounder is in a critical condition in intensive care after suffering a fractured skull and a collapsed lung.

It is understood that three men attacked the controversial cricketer from behind.

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder

Support: Ryder

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder is in hospital in Christchurch after suffering serious head injuries

A statement on the New Zealand Police website read: 'Police are investigating an incident at a bar in Merivale in the early hours of this morning.

Cricket tweets support for Ryder

Michael Vaughan (former England captain) – Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder… Just hope he can pull through… Thoughts are with him and his family…

Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire and former Ireland seamer) – Get well soon Jesse Ryder!

Ross Taylor (New Zealand batsman, former captain) – Thinking of you mate @DijaRyder

Black Caps (Official New Zealand cricket Twitter account) – The whole NZC team's thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning.

Luke Wright (England limited overs all-rounder) – Hope your ok @DijaRyder. Get well soon buddy.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand batsman) – Thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning. Get well soon bro.

'Police can confirm the incident did involve Jesse Ryder and that he is currently in Christchurch Hospital.'

St John Ambulance confirmed to TVNZ that two ambulances responded to an alleged assault at 12.34am in the morning.

'We transported to Christchurch Hospital ED under lights and sirens one patient, a male, aged in his 20s, with very serious head injuries,' St John Ambulance said.

Ryder, a controversial figure whose career has been plagued by off-field incidents, is on an indefinite break from international cricket and has not played for New Zealand since February last year.

Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.

He played yesterday for the Wellington Firebirds in the major preliminary final against Canterbury Wizards at Hagley Oval and was due to fly out to India this week to compete for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

New Zealand Cricket revealed its chief executive David White, Peter Clinton from Cricket Wellington, Heath Mills from the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Ryder's manager Aaron Klee were flying to Christchurch.

'We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse. New Zealand Cricket's thoughts are with him and his family,' White said.

New Zealand Cricket said the four would likely hold a press conference once they had ascertained the facts surrounding Ryder's injuries and his current condition.

Newcastle defender Danny Simpson knocked out in Manchester street fight

Newcastle defender Simpson 'OK' after bloody 4am brawl in Manchester

By
Tom Wilkinson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

09:18 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 4 February 2013

Danny Simpson was left bleeding and unconscious in the street after a bloody 4am brawl outside a takeaway in Manchester.

The Newcastle defender, who is expected to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, was out celebrating his side's last-gasp 3-2 win over Chelsea on Saturday evening.

He had recovered enough by Monday morning to tweet: 'For the record im okay, 2 on 1 well done!'

Battler: But Danny Simpson could be on his way out of Newcastle

Battler: But Danny Simpson could be on his way out of Newcastle

Simpson's argument was said to have
kicked off outside the Rice Flamebar and Grill in Manchester in the
early hours of Sunday morning after the night out at the exclusive
Circle Club.

But after leaving the night spot on his own to get food, he reportedly got into a scrap with a fellow punter while queuing for his kebab.

'Him and this guy started getting aggressive with each other,' a source told The Sun. 'They started scuffling. The man was pushing and shoving Danny and he just lost it. He punched him and he dropped to the ground.'

Manchester United graduate: Simpson remains good friends with Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley

Manchester United graduate: Simpson remains good friends with Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley

But while he attempted to leave in the
back of a taxi, two bouncers are said to have to have dragged him out
and punched him in the face, leaving him unconscious on the floor for 15
minutes before an ambulance arrived on the scene.

The source added: 'He dropped to the floor and was half on the pavement, half on the road with blood pouring from his mouth. He was in a bad way. It looked like he’d been knocked out.'

An ambulance spokesperson confirmed a man was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary following the incident, while police said they were called to the takeaway restaurant after reports of an assault but a man with 'minor injuries' did not wish to make a complaint.

Out of favour: Simpson has not been a Newcastle regular of late

Out of favour: Simpson has not been a Newcastle regular of late

The following morning Simpson wrote on his Twitter page that he was enjoying spending some time with his young
daughter.

He tweeted: 'Sunday chill out with my little girl.'

Fulham and West Ham are among those reported to be interested in signing Simpson on a free transfer in the summer.

William Gallas in police probe: Wife taken to hospital after she "falls into bushes"

Gallas in police probe after row with wife who 'fell into bushes' and was taken to hospitalNadege Gallas, 31, was taken to local hospital by ambulance after incident outside their homePolice confirm inquiries continue but no arrests have been made

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UPDATED:

18:05 GMT, 7 December 2012

Police are investigating allegations that Tottenham defender William Gallas was involved in a public spat with his wife, who ended up in a hedge.

A witness has told the Metropolitan Police that the couple were having a bust-up outside their Hampstead home.

Nadege Gallas, 31, then fell in a bush and was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

Row: William Gallas and wife Nadege had a row outside their home before she fell in a bush, witnesses said

Row: William Gallas and wife Nadege (pictured) had a row outside their home before she fell in a bush, witnesses said

The French international, who earns a reported 3.2million a year, followed behind in his Jeep.

Witnesses told The Sun that she had arrived at the mansion in her car and then shouted at her husband.

Gallas then emerged and yelled back several people watched on.

Peter Lenczuk, 38, said: 'They were arguing but I couldn't understand because it was in French. Then I saw her fall into the bushes.'

Star: William Gallas is one of Tottenham's top stars and is paid a reputed 3.5m a year

Star: William Gallas is one of Tottenham's top stars and is paid a reputed 3.5m a year

London Ambulance confirmed they had attended an incident in Gallas's street.

'We sent an ambulance and a responder in a car to the scene,' a spokesman said.

'Our staff treated the person at the scene before taking them to hospital.'

The couple later returned home from hospital together before the footballer drove off again.

Builders working on the house next door say they watched the row and
shouted to Gallas to make him stop, but he carried on. 'It was
horrible,' one said.

'Officers spoke to the alleged victim and no allegations were made to police,' a Met spokesman told MailOnline, adding they 'will be speaking the third party in due course to substantiate the allegation'.

Luis Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix

Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix in latest tragedy to rock motorsport

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UPDATED:

13:09 GMT, 15 November 2012

Motorsport has been rocked by the death of another biker – Luis Carreira – ahead of the Macau Grand Prix.

The tragedy comes a year after MotoGP legend Marco Simoncelli died in a horrific crash at the race in Malaysia.

Superbikes Carreira, the 35-year-old Portuguese, crashed on Fisherman's Bend during qualifying today at the Guia circuit. No other riders were involved in the accident.

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Race organisers said two doctors went to the rider's aid and he was then taken to a hospital but was declared dead about 20 minutes after arriving.

A statement from the Macau Grand Prix committee read: 'We regret to announce that Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira, competitor No 33, from Portugal, in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 46th edition, has succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing accident during the qualifying session this afternoon.

'No other rider was involved in the incident, which occurred at Fisherman’s Bend at 15.58. The qualifying session was immediately red flagged.

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

'The medical services, a fast intervention vehicle, fully equipped, and an ambulance with two doctors in attendance, which were located at the side of the accident immediately went to the rider’s aid, and as a result of the doctors’ diagnosis, Mr Carreira was immediately evacuated by ambulance to the Hospital, where he was admitted at 16.08.

'Continuous CPR was performed, however he succumbed to his injuries at 16.28.

'The Macau Grand Prix Committee has contacted the family and the members of the team, and the Committee expresses its sincere condolences.

'The qualifying session was abandoned at 16.30.'

Carreira raced for the Bennimoto Raider-Cetelem team.

Bradley Wiggins in hospital with suspected broken ribs after crash with car on Lancashire road

Wiggins in hospital with suspected broken ribs after crash with car on Lancashire road

By
Kim Pilling

PUBLISHED:

22:53 GMT, 7 November 2012

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UPDATED:

23:01 GMT, 7 November 2012

In hospital: Wiggins

In hospital: Wiggins

Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins is recovering in hospital after a collision with a car.

Wiggins, 32, was thrown off his bike when a white Vauxhall Astra car is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him.

A police source said his injuries from the crash were thought to be very serious at first but later it appeared he had suffered a number of broken ribs and cuts and bruises.

The accident happened at about 6pm in Wrightington, Lancashire, which is near to Wiggins' family home in Eccleston.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra, a local woman, was uninjured and is set to assist police with their ongoing inquiries.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: 'Police were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6pm this evening.

'A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra car. The rider of the bike, a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. His family have been told.'

Collision investigators visited the scene but the road did not need to be closed.

Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who rushed to Wiggins' aid, told the Lancashire Evening Post: 'By the time I got there he had moved to a safer place but was still on the ground and he was in a lot of pain.

'He said he thought he had broken his ribs and while a lot of police cars arrived it was about 15 minutes before the ambulance got there, by which time he was blue.'

Alan Smith interview – MK Dons veteran

Alan Smith exclusive: If you saw me in the morning you'd think I was 52 not 32

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UPDATED:

06:43 GMT, 25 September 2012

It isn't only the hair. Many things have changed in the world of Alan Smith. He is playing his football at MK Dons, for a start, in the third tier of English football and basking in the climes of the south after nearly 32 years up north.

The fire and aggression that earned him 19 England caps and a Barclays Premier League title with Manchester United have not completely vanished – a red card at Bournemouth last month was the 12th of his career.

But, by his own admission, Smith has different priorities these days. He is discovering how to help his team without playing every game, he empathises with the manager's dilemmas and accompanies Dons coach Mick Harford on scouting missions.

Barnet away: Alan Smith is relishing life in the lower leagues with MK Dons

Barnet away: Alan Smith is relishing life in the lower leagues with MK Dons

My Anfield injury: The truth

In the spirit of truth and justice that has enveloped Liverpool and Manchester United in recent days, Alan Smith insists no-one rocked his ambulance at Anfield as it tried to take him to hospital in 2006.

'Everyone at Liverpool did as much for me as any club possibly could,' said Smith. 'I was disappointed the story blew up about rocking an ambulance. That was never the case. Liverpool and Man United did everything to get me to the hospital and everything in their power to make sure I was OK.

'I thank them for that. Sometimes it's nice to say that because people have read that they were rocking my ambulance and throwing stuff at it, which is so untrue.'

'I remember going to play Anderlecht in the Champions League with Leeds and we were playing Manchester United at home on the Saturday,' said Smith.

'I went there thinking if I score tonight, the manager (David O'Leary) can't leave me out. I scored twice, we won 4-1 and come Saturday morning against Man United, at Elland Road, he left me out.

'I swear it was like someone had ripped my heart out. Brian Kidd had to take me to one side and calm me down. At that age, I'd have been booting the door down. You just don't understand the things a manager has to go through. Now I totally understand,' Smith added.

Smith can pinpoint the start of this transition. It was February 18, 2006, at Anfield, when he launched himself in front of a John Arne Riise free-kick and snapped an ankle as it twisted beneath his own body weight.

Injury: Smith snapped his ankle in February 2006 but was back in the United side just seven months later

Injury: Smith snapped his ankle in February 2006 but was back in the United side just seven months later

He was back in the Manchester United team seven months later but would never be the same and suffered a stress fracture in the same ankle playing for Newcastle. Now, each day, he wakes in pain.

'If you saw me in the morning, you'd think I was 52 next month, not 32,' said Smith. 'But most people who dedicate their lives to sport go through this. Lots of players play with injuries. It makes you appreciate everything about this sport.

'My career was virtually ruined by my injury at Anfield and it was probably the biggest achievement in my career to play again, not only at the highest level, but at any level.

'When I look back, the injury made me a better person. Not a better footballer. There are deficiencies in my left ankle. It's probably 70 per cent different to my right. But, as a person, growing up, understanding what I'd achieved previously and making sure I tried to prolong my career, it really made me appreciate things.'

All smiles: Smith joined MK Dons on loan in January

All smiles: Smith joined MK Dons on loan in January before penning a permanent deal

Smith joined MK Dons on loan in January, struck up a good rapport with manager Karl Robinson and rejected far more lucrative offers to sign permanently when he left Newcastle in the summer.

'People might think I should have gone somewhere other than MK Dons but I had five months here last season and it relit my love for football,' he said.

'The decisions I've made have not always been the most popular but, when I look back, I want to know I've played for good football teams. An old friend from Leeds told me, “When you retire from football, no-one will say you were a nice person or a bad person, they'll just forget about you”.

'You've got to make sure every decision you make is right for you as a person. If you think you can go to a better club than the one you're at, then, regardless of what anyone says, you should go.'

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

New start: Smith rejected far more lucrative offers when he left Newcastle to join the League One outfit

Smith was an unused substitute at Bury on Saturday but is likely to be back when Sunderland visit Milton Keynes in the Capital One Cup tonight.

Robinson's team have a reputation as one of the best footballing sides in the lower leagues but, having fallen in the play-offs three times in four years, are desperate for promotion.

'The main focus is to get out of this division,' said Smith. 'Everyone here feels it's the start of something pretty special and that was part of the appeal for me.

'The transition to League One isn't too much. I was at Leeds when we trained on Fullerton Park – it's now a car park – and we had two small Portakabins where the lads would change and then get in a minibus and go to a training ground. This is similar.

'We're a young club and haven't had long to evolve but there aren't many better stadiums in the country. There are bigger ones but the attention to detail is second to none.'

Smith has signed for two years at MK Dons and, despite his changing outlook, suspects he may not be managerial material when his playing days end.

'I might be too emotional to be a manager,' he said. 'You love your players, don't you And I'm not sure I could leave them out. I know how it feels.

'Hopefully I can finish my career here, play for another two or three years and get to more than 500 appearances. That would be good. I'm on 440-something now.

'And we want to get up this season, stay in the Championship and go from there. There's no reason why you can't go back to back, like Norwich. But you can't look too far ahead, can you I've done that previously.'

Alan Smith interview by Matt Barlow

Alan Smith Exclusive: If you saw me in the morning you'd think I was 52 not 32

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 24 September 2012

It isn't only the hair. Many things have changed in the world of Alan Smith. He is playing his football at MK Dons, for a start, in the third tier of English football and basking in the climes of the south after nearly 32 years up north.

The fire and aggression that earned him 19 England caps and a Barclays Premier League title with Manchester United have not completely vanished – a red card at Bournemouth last month was the 12th of his career.

But, by his own admission, Smith has different priorities these days. He is discovering how to help his team without playing every game, he empathises with the manager's dilemmas and accompanies Dons coach Mick Harford on scouting missions.

Barnet away: Alan Smith is relishing life in the lower leagues with MK Dons

Barnet away: Alan Smith is relishing life in the lower leagues with MK Dons

My Anfield injury: The truth

In the spirit of truth and justice that has enveloped Liverpool and Manchester United in recent days, Alan Smith insists no-one rocked his ambulance at Anfield as it tried to take him to hospital in 2006.

'Everyone at Liverpool did as much for me as any club possibly could,' said Smith. 'I was disappointed the story blew up about rocking an ambulance. That was never the case. Liverpool and Man United did everything to get me to the hospital and everything in their power to make sure I was OK.

'I thank them for that. Sometimes it's nice to say that because people have read that they were rocking my ambulance and throwing stuff at it, which is so untrue.'

'I remember going to play Anderlecht in the Champions League with Leeds and we were playing Manchester United at home on the Saturday,' said Smith.

'I went there thinking if I score tonight, the manager (David O'Leary) can't leave me out. I scored twice, we won 4-1 and come Saturday morning against Man United, at Elland Road, he left me out.

'I swear it was like someone had ripped my heart out. Brian Kidd had to take me to one side and calm me down. At that age, I'd have been booting the door down. You just don't understand the things a manager has to go through. Now I totally understand,' Smith added.

Smith can pinpoint the start of this transition. It was February 18, 2006, at Anfield, when he launched himself in front of a John Arne Riise free-kick and snapped an ankle as it twisted beneath his own body weight.

Injury: Smith snapped his ankle in February 2006 but was back in the United side just seven months later

Injury: Smith snapped his ankle in February 2006 but was back in the United side just seven months later

He was back in the Manchester United team seven months later but would never be the same and suffered a stress fracture in the same ankle playing for Newcastle. Now, each day, he wakes in pain.

'If you saw me in the morning, you'd think I was 52 next month, not 32,' said Smith. 'But most people who dedicate their lives to sport go through this. Lots of players play with injuries. It makes you appreciate everything about this sport.

'My career was virtually ruined by my injury at Anfield and it was probably the biggest achievement in my career to play again, not only at the highest level, but at any level.

'When I look back, the injury made me a better person. Not a better footballer. There are deficiencies in my left ankle. It's probably 70 per cent different to my right. But, as a person, growing up, understanding what I'd achieved previously and making sure I tried to prolong my career, it really made me appreciate things.'

All smiles: Smith joined MK Dons on loan in January

All smiles: Smith joined MK Dons on loan in January before penning a permanent deal

Smith joined MK Dons on loan in January, struck up a good rapport with manager Karl Robinson and rejected far more lucrative offers to sign permanently when he left Newcastle in the summer.

'People might think I should have gone somewhere other than MK Dons but I had five months here last season and it relit my love for football,' he said.

'The decisions I've made have not always been the most popular but, when I look back, I want to know I've played for good football teams. An old friend from Leeds told me, “When you retire from football, no-one will say you were a nice person or a bad person, they'll just forget about you”.

'You've got to make sure every decision you make is right for you as a person. If you think you can go to a better club than the one you're at, then, regardless of what anyone says, you should go.'

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

New start: Smith rejected far more lucrative offers when he left Newcastle to join the League One outfit

Smith was an unused substitute at Bury on Saturday but is likely to be back when Sunderland visit Milton Keynes in the Capital One Cup tonight.

Robinson's team have a reputation as one of the best footballing sides in the lower leagues but, having fallen in the play-offs three times in four years, are desperate for promotion.

'The main focus is to get out of this division,' said Smith. 'Everyone here feels it's the start of something pretty special and that was part of the appeal for me.

'The transition to League One isn't too much. I was at Leeds when we trained on Fullerton Park – it's now a car park – and we had two small Portakabins where the lads would change and then get in a minibus and go to a training ground. This is similar.

'We're a young club and haven't had long to evolve but there aren't many better stadiums in the country. There are bigger ones but the attention to detail is second to none.'

Smith has signed for two years at MK Dons and, despite his changing outlook, suspects he may not be managerial material when his playing days end.

'I might be too emotional to be a manager,' he said. 'You love your players, don't you And I'm not sure I could leave them out. I know how it feels.

'Hopefully I can finish my career here, play for another two or three years and get to more than 500 appearances. That would be good. I'm on 440-something now.

'And we want to get up this season, stay in the Championship and go from there. There's no reason why you can't go back to back, like Norwich. But you can't look too far ahead, can you I've done that previously.'

Marussia driver Maria De Villota fighting for her life after crash ahead of British Grand Prix

Marussia test driver De Villota fighting for her life after crash ahead of British GP

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UPDATED:

10:50 GMT, 3 July 2012

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota has sustained 'life-threatening injuries' in a testing accident in Cambridgeshire ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix.

The 32-year-old Spaniard was taking part in her first test for the Formula One team at Duxford Airfield on Tuesday morning when she crashed into a support truck after completing her opening installation lap.

After treatment by trackside paramedics, De Villota was taken to the local Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Before the crash: Maria De Villota speaking at Duxford Airfield on Tuesday morning

Before the crash: Maria De Villota in the Marussia car at Duxford Airfield on Tuesday morning

Before the crash: Maria De Villota speaking and in the Marussia car at Duxford Airfield on Tuesday morning

Crash: Marussia test driver Maria de Villota has been injured during a test drive

Crash: Marussia test driver Maria de Villota has been injured during a test drive

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: 'A woman has sustained
life-threatening injuries and following treatment at the scene by
paramedics, she has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital for further
care.'

According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred after De Villota had pulled up in front of her mechanics after completing her first lap of the day.

As the mechanics approached to wheel the car back for service, it accelerated forwards and crashed into the stationary vehicle parked nearby.

Racing in the blood: De Villota is the daughter of former Formula One driver Emilio de Villota

Racing in the blood: De Villota is the daughter of former Formula One driver Emilio de Villota

The front of the Marussia car was destroyed in the crash and De Villota's helmet was seen to impact with the side of the truck.

De Villota was reportedly motionless for around 15 minutes as paramedics attended to her but was seen to move her hands before being transported to hospital.

BBC Cambridgeshire presenter Chris Mann, who was at the Imperial War Museum-owned airfield when the accident happened, said the car 'inexplicably accelerated' into the back of the team's parked support truck.

'The driver's helmet was impacted on the side of the truck,' he reported. 'It just happened suddenly, a very shocking incident.

'The car slowed down as you see happens during a grand prix, for it to then be reversed into the pits which was actually a tent. But at the last second it just suddenly accelerated again so by the time it hit the truck, it was doing 30 or 40 miles an hour.'

He added: 'It appeared to me that she
wasn't moving for about 10 or 15 minutes. We saw her move her hands
after about a quarter of an hour and it took almost an hour for the
ambulance (staff) to feel confident to take her out of the car.'

De Villota is the daughter of Spanish former F1 driver Emilio de Villota.

Duxford testing: Maria De Villota was driving for F1 team Marussia

Duxford testing: Maria De Villota was driving for F1 team Marussia

She was given a test drive by Renault
in August last year when she clocked up just under 200 miles, and has
previously raced in Spanish F3, the Daytona 24 Hours, the Euroseries
3000 and Superleague Formula Championship.

A statement from Marussia read: 'At approximately 09.15 BST this morning, the Marussia F1 Team’s Test Driver Maria De Villota had an accident in the team’s MR-01 race car at Duxford Airfield where she was testing the car for the first time.

Big chance: Marussia hired the Spaniard after a test for Renault last year

Big chance: Marussia hired the Spaniard after a test for Renault last year

'The accident happened at the end of her first installation run and involved an impact with the team’s support truck.

'Maria has been transferred to hospital. Once her medical condition has been assessed a further statement will be issued.'

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman
said: 'We were notified by the ambulance service of a slow-speed crash
involving a racing car and a lorry.

'It looks like the driver has
suffered a serious injury and we will be notifying the Health and Safety
Executive as it happened on private land.'

Michael Johnson arrested on suspicion of drink-driving

Manchester City midfielder Johnson arrested on suspicion of drink-driving

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UPDATED:

08:49 GMT, 1 June 2012

Arrested: Michael Johnson

Arrested: Michael Johnson

Manchester City's Michael Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a smash in the early hours of Thursday morning.

It is understood Johnson was on his way to his girlfriend's house in Urmston when his Mercedes hit a parked BMW.

According to the Manchester Evening News, residents and paramedics helped Johnson after he climbed from his vehicle and police arrested the 24-year-old before he was taken away in an ambulance to Trafford General Hospital.

One neighbour told the Manchester Evening News: 'I came out and went to see him and I asked him if he was all right and asked his name. I knew his name, but I just wanted to check he was okay.

'I asked him if there was anybody I could call for him and he said his girlfriend, who lives around the corner.

'I asked him if he wanted a blanket. He said he just wanted his girlfriend.'

A police spokesman confirmed a 24-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving before being taken to hospital with a knee injury.

Midfielder Johnson signed for City on youth terms in 2004 and made his first-team debut two years later.

He was tipped for a bright future in the Premier League but his progress was hampered by a series of injuries.

Leicester signed Johnson on a season-long loan last summer but he was back at City in January after picking up another injury.