M1 crash footballers arrest

TWO professional footballers have been arrested after a crash on the M1 at junction 26.

Aston Villa player Barry Bannan, 21, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and failing to stop after a car crash along with Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins, 20, at 7am on Sunday in Bulwell.

Nottinghamshire police said a Range Rover travelling south hit the central reservation near junction 26 at 5.30am.

The motorway had to be closed for a short time, while officers removed the vehicle from the carriageway.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash and no one is thought to have been injured. Bannan has been suspended by his club since the arrest.

The police spokesman said that both men were bailed pending further inquiries and will return in December.