BBC Radio Northampton presenter is knocked over by a police car

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A BBC Radio Northampton presenter was this morning run over by a police car just 20 minutes before he was due to present the station’s breakfast show.

Stuart Linnell, who hosts the station’s morning show from 6am until 9am, was knocked over on his way to work, close to the BBC’s base in Northampton town centre.

The presenter, who was recognised with an MBE in 1995, was taken to A&E at Northampton General Hospital after the crash and told his Twitter followers how he had been knocked over by a police car.

The incident happened in Abington Square, yards away from BBC Radio Northampton’s offices, at 5.40am.

Mr Linnell told his followers: “Didn’t expect to start the day in A&E! But then I didn’t expect to be knocked over by a police car!”

He said the crash happened “right outside the radio station, first thing”.

The crash left him “very sore but otherwise in one piece”.

The award-winning presenter added: “First-hand experience of Northampton A&E proving to be very interesting - particularly as they undergo their CQC investigation!

“Didn’t plan to be here by any means, but nothing like embedded research! Still waiting to be checked & told nothing unless you ask.”

Listeners were this morning greeted by a replacement presenter on the radio station, with Helen Blaby drafted in to take the reigns.

The BBC Northampton main Twitter informed listeners: “Stuart indisposed this morning, so Ian Brown on the @BBCNorthampton Breakfast Show.”

It later updated followers to confirm how Mr Linnell has now been discharged from hospital.

Police described the crash as a “low-speed collision” but confirmed they were investigating.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “A low-speed collision took place in Abington Square, Northampton, at 5.40am this morning, involving a police car and a pedestrian.

“We are in the process of talking to all of the people involved to establish what happened.”

Mr Linnell hosts the weekday Breakfast Show for BBC Radio Northampton as well as shows on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

In a message posted on the station’s Facebook site, Mr Linnell said: “Thank you so much to everyone who’s been in touch via twitter, facebook, text and so on. It’s been quite overwhelming.

“It seems that I am in one piece still so far as the doctors can tell, but I am extremely sore and having to take walking very, very slowly just now. One thing I’ve learnt is that a road is a very unforgiving place to land on.”

He added: “It was quite a coincidence too, that my visit to A&E coincided with the start of their inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

“An unplanned bit of on the spot research which may prove useful for my show at some time in the future, as indeed was the police procedure that followed the incident.”