Woman, 70, arrested after crashing into gravestones and flipping car at Merseyside cemetery

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The woman had to be freed by emergency services after the vehicle came to rest on its roof.

A 70-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after ploughing her car into gravestones at a Merseyside cemetery.

The pensioner had to be freed by emergency services after her Mini Countryman was found flipped onto its roof at Landican Cemetery, Wirral, at around 9:00pm on Thursday.

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Landican Cemetery, Wirral. Image: GoogleLandican Cemetery, Wirral. Image: Google
Landican Cemetery, Wirral. Image: Google

Merseyside Police confirmed that the woman from Wirral was arrested over the crash, and is currently in custody.

Wirral Council temporarily shut the cemetery, but it is now open and the council are contacting grave owners whose memorials have been damaged to ensure repairs.

The council released a map of the graves affected on Twitter and asked any families who have not yet been contacted to call them on 0151 666 4444.

A Mersesyside Police statement read: "Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended and safely removed the driver from the vehicle. A 70-year-old woman from Wirral was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

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"Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101 with log 1036 of Thursday 14 April.

"You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or their online form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously."