Bid to trace witnesses to serious collision in Oxspring, Barnsley

Detectives investigating an incident in Barnsley in which four young children were seriously injured have issued a renewed appeal to trace drivers who may have seen what happened. 
 
On Wednesday 23 August, at around 12.25am, a dark grey Dacia Logan estate containing a 29-year-old man, two girls aged eight and seven, and two baby boys, aged 21-months and nine-months-old, was travelling along the A629 Copster Lane, from the direction of Thurgoland  towards Hoylandswaine.
 
On its approach to the junction of Bower Hill and Coates lane, the car left the road and collided with the front wall of a pub at Four Lane Ends, Oxspring. 
 
All four children were taken to hospital where they remained for over a month. Three have since been discharged while the seven year old remains in hospital at this time. 
 
Detective Chief Inspector David Stopford, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Our investigation in to the exact circumstances surrounding this incident continues and we remain keen to speak to anyone who saw the collision or who saw the car and the manner of driving beforehand. 
 
“We’re particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the Dacia Logan in and around the Penistone, Oxspring and Thurgoland areas late on Tuesday 22 August and into the early hours of the following morning. 
 
“In addition to this, we’re looking to identify and speak to the drivers of a white Volkswagen Caddy, a black Ford Mondeo private hire car and the rider of a small moped/motorbike who were all travelling towards Sheffield along Halixfax Road at around 12.15am, just before the collision occurred. 
 
“If you were one of the drivers of these cars please get in touch with us. Information you have could prove helpful in our enquiries. 
 
“Anyone with information can call and speak to the investigative team directly on 01709 443538. Information can also be passed to us by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 26 of 23 August 2017.”
 
Owen Peter Scott, of Heather Road, Fawley, Hampshire, has been charged with four counts of attempted murder in relation to injuries sustained by the four children, which are not all thought to be consistent with the collision. 
 
Scott will next appear before Sheffield Crown Court in January.