An elderly man who was killed after being knocked down by a runaway police van has been named as Donald Bennett. The 83-year-old retired joiner, was in Pudsey Park, when he was struck by the unattended van. Police were called to reports of a disturbance in the park shortly after 2pm on Saturday.
Two officers left the police van to deal with the incident when it rolled into the pensioner who was walking through the park. Mr Bennett, who was believed to be married, was visiting the park with family. He was treated by ambulance staff at the scene but was pronounced dead shortly after.
The matter has been referred to the Police Complaints Commission.
Police are due to release more details about the death of an elderly man who was hit by a runaway police van in a park in Leeds on Saturday. It's thought the handbrake wasn't on. The police watchdog is investigating.
An elderly man has died after being hit by a runaway police van, as he sat on a wall in a park in Leeds.
The van was left unattended - and it's claimed the handbrake may have been left off.
An investigation has been launched after an elderly man was killed by a rolling police van at Pudsey Park. West Yorkshire Police says the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
An elderly man has been killed after being struck by a police van in Pudsey Park. Police had been called to the park to reports of a disturbance. Officers left the van to deal with the incident and after they got out, it rolled forward and collided with an elderly man who was walking in the park.
Paramedics were called to the scene but the man died of his injuries. West Yorkshire Police say the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Police collision investigators have cordoned off part of Pudsey Park. It's being reported that they are investigating a police vehicle knocking over a pedestrian in the park.
A biker caught on camera travelling at one of the highest speeds ever recorded on North Yorkshire's roads has been jailed after spinning a web of lies to try and escape prosecution.
Andrew Kelly was filmed doing 122 miles an hour.
A biker caught on camera travelling at one of the highest speeds ever recorded on North Yorkshire's roads has been jailed after spinning a web of lies to try and escape prosecution. Andrew Kelly was filmed doing 122 miles an hour.
Andrew Kelly tried to avoid being convicted for speeding at 122mph by using an internet motoring advice forum. He bragged to forum users about his plans to lie to the police about speeding by pretending a man called 'Richard' had taken his bike out for a test ride.
Unbelievably Kelly published his intention to lie about who was riding his motorbike on the internet. When forum users spoke of their disgust at his dishonesty, he then bragged to them about how he had lied in the past and got away with not paying for a parking ticket.
Our investigation also revealed that Kelly had a history of failing to comply with statutory documentation and a complete disregard for road safety. He tried to portray himself as a simple mechanic who was poor at paperwork, but in reality, he is an accomplished liar.
He continued to lie during police interviews and only when presented with overwhelming evidence through his seized clothing, did he admit to being the rider of the bike.
This case sends a very clear message that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that those who put lives in danger on our roads are brought to justice.”