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Watchdog to assess details of fatal Elm Road police crash

Rob George 2nd Feb, 2022

AN INVESTIGATION into the cause of a fatal crash between an Audi and a police car responding to an emergency incident in Evesham has been opened.

The police watchdog, the IOPC, has confirmed it has received a referral from West Mercia Police following the collision at the junction with Badsey Lane and Elm Road at about 8.30pm on Thursday (January 27) which involved a grey Audi, driven by a member of the public.

The ambulance service were called to the scene but the driver of the Audi, a man in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the police vehicle suffered minor injuries. The police vehicle had been responding to an unrelated emergency incident and was travelling on blue lights.

The force’s Professional Standards Department have been alerted, as is standard practice and the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

ACC Rachel Jones, of West Mercia Police said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this difficult time and ask that their privacy is respected. I would also like to reassure the public that we have referred the incident to the IOPC.”

An IOPC spokesman said: “”We are currently assessing the referral to determine what action may be required from us.”

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