Balls' fail-to-stop incident probed

Balls' fail-to-stop incident probed

Ed Balls has apologised after he was caught colliding with a parked car before driving off without informing the owner of the vehicle.

The incident happened on April 5 in the shadow chancellor's constituency of Morley and Outwood. Labour MP Mr Balls said he was not aware he had caused any damage to the vehicle, a black Peugeot 308, when he drove off.

The Yorkshire Post reported that the collision was caught on CCTV and Mr Balls' car was traced after the driver of the damaged vehicle noticed what had happened the following day.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

In a statement, Mr Balls said: "Ten days ago, I turned our car round in a tight spot in the private drive beside the Labour rooms in Morley. There was a stationary car parked close by. The turn took five or seven points and I was aware that at one point the bumpers of the two cars touched.

"I park there all the time in what is a relatively narrow drive. But until I was contacted the following Wednesday, I had no awareness at all that there had been any damage to the other car. As soon as I was made aware of what had happened, I took full responsibility for any damage caused.

"I have written to the owner of the other car to say I was terribly sorry and to reimburse the owner concerned for the necessary repair. I have contacted ourcar insurance company in the usual way."

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