A father-of-two had to be cut free from his car after a smash with an unmarked police BMW in Thornton Lodge last night.

Abdul Jabbar, 36, of Crosland Moor, was at the wheel of his white BMW when it was in collision with a black BMW X5 4x4 vehicle.

Firefighters took the roof off the car and Mr Jabbar, a mobile phone shop boss, was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The smash happened about 8pm in Manchester Road outside the former Eldon Electrical store.

Mr Jabbar’s front seat passenger, Nasir Ali, 42, who lives near the scene, escaped with minor back and facial injuries.

A driver had to be cut free from his white BMW after a collision with an unmarked police BMW vehicle (left) in Manchester Road, Thornton Lodge.

Mr Ali told the Examiner that Mr Jabbar was indicating and pulling away from the roadside when the X5 came up the hill at “full speed” and smashed into it.

Mr Ali said: “We were just parked outside the house and indicated to pull away. The BMW had no lights or sirens on.”

The car was shunted across the road and into the former electrical showroom.

Others at the scene claimed a marked police BMW estate car had gone up the road at speed seconds before and that the 4x4 may have been with it.

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Omar Ibrar, 32, who saw the aftermath of the crash, said he believed the police BMW had no lights on at the time of the smash.

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He praised the emergency services for their response and said: “The fire brigade spent half-an-hour working on the car. The emergency services were really good.”

It is thought the two police officers in the BMW were not hurt.

A driver had to be cut free from his white BMW after a collision with an unmarked police BMW vehicle (left) in Manchester Road, Thornton Lodge.

Police closed a stretch of Manchester Road for two hours for the vehicles to be recovered.

When the 4x4 was taken away on the back of a tow truck it was followed close behind by a police car.

Chief Insp Chris Norbury, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “The police car involved was attending a report of a serious incident when it was in collision with another vehicle.

“The circumstances of the collision are under investigation.”