Concern is growing for two men who police believe were seriously injured after a car crashed into a house in Branton.
Witnesses have reported seeing the men leave the scene of the crash, which happened at around 12.50pm yesterday (Tuesday August 25) in Poppyfields Way.
Reports suggest that at least one of them had serious injuries and had lost a significant amount of blood.
Despite extensive enquiries carried out by police they have not yet been located.
Two other men inside the car died at the scene. Another man, who was also inside the car, is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
Inspector Steve Askham, from the Serious Collisions Unit, said: “From the witness accounts we have so far, one of the men had a terrible leg injury, which we believe was caused by the fire. People have told us the men were seriously injured and we believe they need urgent medical attention due to the impact of the crash and also the fire.
“No one has presented themselves at hospital with these injuries or at our local GPs, so the likelihood is that these men are still suffering with serious injuries, which could be life-threatening and have terrible consequences. I urge them to come forward to get the treatment they need.
“Also, I urge anyone who knows were these men are to come forward and tell us what you know so that we can ensure they are safe and well.”
Insp Askham added that he appeals anyone in the area at the time of the crash who took photographs or moving footage of what happened, to come forward with their material.
He said: “Witnesses have been sharing their images and footage online and with the media, but I’d urge them to contact us as what they saw could be crucial to our investigation. “
Police are currently unable to confirm who was sitting where inside the car. Work is ongoing to formally identify the two deceased men.
One woman was inside the house at the time of the collision. She was not injured.
A police presence will continue in the area today while officers speak to local residents and review CCTV.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the collision or the whereabouts of the two men are asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 451 of Tuesday 25 August.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
email pictures or footage to police, email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting incident 451 of Tuesday August 25.