Two die in crash following West Yorkshire Police pursuit
Two men have died after a car crashed into a barrier during a police pursuit in West Yorkshire in the early hours of Friday morning (July 17).
West Yorkshire Police said in a statement: “At 1.07am today, a car containing two male occupants was involved in a collision in Bradford Road, in Brighouse town centre. Due to the involvement of a police vehicle in the circumstances leading up to the collision, the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”
It is understood that an armed response vehicle was involved in the pursuit.
IOPC Regional Director Miranda Biddle: “This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the men’s family and friends and all those affected, including the emergency services in attendance.
“We sent investigators to the scene and to the post incident procedures, where the two officers in the police vehicle provided statements to us.
“It is mandatory, when someone dies following police contact, that the matter is referred to the IOPC. Our role is to establish and examine the circumstances of what happened; this work is already underway, and West Yorkshire Police is cooperating fully with our inquiries.”