Injured Suffolk man sparked Dutch hunt

A SUFFOLK man has returned home safe and well today after Dutch police launched a search after it was believed he had broken his neck in a crash but did not know it.

A SUFFOLK man has returned home safe and well today after Dutch police launched a search after it was believed he had broken his neck in a crash but did not know it.

Benjamin William O'Connor, of Barningham, west Suffolk, had been involved in a minor crash on Saturday morning in Suffolk and was taken to West Suffolk Hospital but left to go to Amsterdam.

The 29-year-old had been released from hospital but later that day, doctors examined his X-rays and realised the dangerous nature of his injury - but couldn't contact him.

British authorities investigating his movements found he had already departed for the Netherlands and they feared he was in danger of serious injury or death because his spinal cord could have been severed.

Amsterdam police published a photo of O'Connor, hoping someone would recognise him and alert him to contact police and seek immediate medical treatment.

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