News reports of three dead in local street racing crash are FAKE

A fake news report stating that three people have died following a street-racing collision in Swindon has gone viral on social media.

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A screenshot of the fake news website, Prime News

A fake news website, Prime News, posted the report this New Year’s Eve, 31 December, stating that three people had died and two had been injured in a collision.

The news story has been shared across social media today, prompting dozens of people to contact Swindon 24 to find what was going on.

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Visitors to the website are confronted with a huge box, telling them to click it to read the story. The owners of the website receive a small payment per click-through.

A similar website posted a news story titled ‘3 dead, 7 injured. Man arrested following shooting in Swindon’, again, worrying residents, back in October.

Having carried out research, we can confirm that this incident did not take place.