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IPCC investigate Leeds police van death

Donald Bennett Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was struck by a police vehicle in a park.

West Yorkshire Police told the IPCC that Donald Bennett, 83, died after one of its vehicles collided with a man in Pudsey Park near Leeds. Early enquiries suggest an officer was responding to reports of a disturbance at the park and the van was left unattended before it struck Mr Bennett.

The force later referred the incident, which happened on Saturday, 1 June at about 2.15pm, to the IPCC and an IPCC investigator was sent to the scene.

IPCC staff met with members of Mr Bennett’s family at his home in Pudsey to explain the investigation.

Cindy Butts, the IPCC’s Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: "This is a tragic incident in which an elderly man lost his life. I will ensure our investigation is robust and that it provides the answers Mr Bennett’s family and friends will understandably want.”

The IPCC, which is independent of the police, would like to speak to anyone with information about the collision. To contact the IPCC investigation team telephone 0800 096 9078 or email

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Donald Bennett

A pensioner who died after being hit by a runaway police van in Leeds over the weekend has been named.

83-year-old Donald Bennett was knocked down by the vehicle after police attended a call to a disturbance in Pudsey Park on Saturday afternoon.

It's understood officers left the van unattended before it rolled into Mr Bennett who was visiting the park with his family. The matter has now been passed onto the Independent Police Complaints commission.


Police runaway van death pensioner named

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.


Elderly man killed after being struck by rolling police van in Pudsey Park

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.

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