Man breaks limbs on record attempt

A former racing driver attempting to break a number of UK speed records for charity has broken his arms and leg after he crashed his racing car while trying to reach 200mph.

David Edwards was "seriously hurt" in the crash involving his Lola T222 on a test track in Wethersfield, while trying to raise awareness of Aspire - a charity which works with spinal injury victims.

Mr Edwards, who is in his late 40s and comes from London, is a wheelchair user who lost the use of his legs after suffering a spinal injury in a road crash 15 years ago, said a charity spokeswoman.

She said the racing car had been adapted so Mr Edwards could operate all controls with his hands.

Aspire said Mr Edwards is in a stable condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and is "recovering well". It said he is a "role model" who aims to show that disabled people can lead "fulfilled" lives.

Police said Mr Edwards was driving at a former air base on land owned by the Ministry of Defence and an investigation is under way.

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