Watchdog launches probe into police chase fatality

Police and forensics at Old Steine after a fatal hit and run in Brighton (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)
Police and forensics at Old Steine after a fatal hit and run in Brighton (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into ‘the circumstances of the police pursuit’ that preceded a fatal hit and run in Brighton last night (January 10).

A chase began when a Vauxhall Astra failed to stop for police at around 10pm in the Bear Road area of Brighton.

Police at Old Steine after a fatal hit and run in Brighton (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Police at Old Steine after a fatal hit and run in Brighton (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Officers pursued the car towards Brighton where the Vauxhall collided with a pedestrian on St James’s Street. The pedestrian sadly died at the scene.

The car didn’t stop and was found abandoned on Madeira Drive near Concorde 2.

An IPCC spokesman said: “We were alerted by Sussex Police to the fatal road traffic incident in Brighton yesterday evening. The IPCC deployed investigators straight away and we have since begun an independent investigation into the circumstances of the police pursuit.”

St James’s Street is currently closed off while investigators scour the scene.

Anyone who saw what happened or has any information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1346 of 10/01.