Kirk Hallam crash: Man charged after van hits food bank queue

Cordon at Kirk Hallam Community Centre
Image caption Four people were taken to hospital after the crash

A man has been charged after a van crashed into a group of people queuing to use a food bank.

Four people were injured – two seriously – in the crash at Kirk Hallam Community Centre in Derbyshire on Friday morning.

Martin Casey, 37, from Long Eaton, was charged with dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm by intent.

He was also charged with three counts of attempted GBH.

Mr Casey was remanded in custody at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court and is due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 5 August.

Witnesses are still being sought to the collision, which happened at about 09:00 BST.

Image caption The food bank reopened on Monday morning

The food bank reopened earlier on Monday, offering extra items which were delivered by charity FareShare East Midlands over the weekend.

A community support book was also made available for people to sign throughout this week.

Jan Sheppard, business manager at the centre, said: “We just thought it was important to to get things back to normal and show how much we all pull together as a community to support each other and move forward.”

Centre bosses also thanked staff at the nearby Butterfly Castle Day Nursery for helping out in the aftermath of the crash.

Image caption A book of support has been opened at the centre

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