River Trent in Hoveringham. Credit: Google

Police believe they know the identities of two people who were seen in a car which drove into the River Trent yesterday.

Officers were called to Hoveringham Road near Bleasby at around 4.15pm yesterday after reports of a car entering the river.

A widespread search continued today involving police, fire and ambulance crews, as well as a police plane and the air ambulance, but bad weather has hampered the efforts of emergency services.

However, witnesses claim that two people were inside the car when it entered the water.

Police have informed the families of the two suspected occupants.

In a statement, Inspector Heather Sutton, District Commander for Newark and Sherwood at Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“Yesterday, Monday February 1, we received a report at 4.13pm that a vehicle had left the road at Hoveringham Road and entered the River Trent.

“Sadly, the witness reported that there were two occupants in the vehicle at the time that it entered the river.

“There was an extensive multi-agency response last night between Nottinghamshire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“Those enquiries continue today with the North West region dive team who are currently searching the river, trying to locate the vehicle.

“Whilst there has been no formal identification of the occupants of the vehicle, we do believe we know who they are. The relatives have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers and are asking for privacy at this time.

“We are keeping an open mind whilst we are enquiring into the facts of how this incident happened, and we do request the space to allow our police teams to continue their investigation.”

If anybody has any information regarding the incident, please call Nottinghamshire police on 101 quoting incident number 500 for February 1.

By Callum Parke