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Man dies after failing to stop for police car

A driver has died in a collision in Surrey after failing to stop for a police car. Surrey police said the driver and sole occupant of the silver Lexus died in Felcourt Road in Lingfield on Thursday evening.

The car was involved in collisions with three other vehicles. The force hasn't said whether the vehicle was being pursued by police, but the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. It has decided that Surrey Police should carry out the investigation.

The driver and sole occupant of the Lexus was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of one of the other vehicles were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, where the driver is being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. The passenger was treated for minor injuries.

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IPCC refer investigation into fatal crash in Lingfield

Following a fatal collision in Felcourt Road, Lingfield on Thursday the Independent Police Complaints Commission has decided to refer the matter to Surrey Police for local investigation.

Having attended the scene of the collision and then Surrey Police Headquarters, where they listened to the recording of the pursuit, IPCC investigators have advised that the investigation can be carried out by Surrey Police.


Stephen Greenhalgh: Mayor's office statement

The Mayor's office has made a statement following the news that the Deputy Mayor for Policing, Stephen Greenhalgh, has been referred to the police watchdog over allegations dating back to his time as leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council. Tonight, City Hall made this response:

"This matter stems from Stephen Greenhalgh's time as Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council. The matter is the subject of an independent investigation commissioned by the Council and carried out by Deloitte's. We understand Mr Greenhalgh is not being investigated as part of this process. When these allegations, which Mr Greenhalgh has consistently said are politically motivated, came to light, Mr Greenhalgh offered his full co-operation to the Council.

The matter has been referred to the IPCC by the GLA's Monitoring Officer in line with standard practice because it falls into the category of a 'serious complaint' under the regulations. For the avoidance of doubt, the monitoring officer is not and has not investigated or judged the matter, he has simply referred it because he is obliged to do so under statutory regulations. The IPCC has made no decision on whether to investigate the matter."

– Mayor's office spokesman


IPCC investigating deputy mayor for policing

Stephen Greenhalgh was confirmed at deputy mayor for policing in May

The deputy mayor for policing in London is being investigated by the police watchdog over allegations linked to a previous job.

A spokeswoman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the body received the referral about Stephen Greenhalgh yesterday from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

She said: "This referral follows a complaint made to the GLA regarding the conduct of deputy mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh.

"The allegations which form the complaint relate to Mr Greenhalgh's previous role at a London local authority. The complaint is currently being considered by the IPCC."

Mr Greenhalgh's current role means he has the authority to appoint and sack senior officers in the capital.

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Met Police used 'unsuitable level of force'

Sean Rigg died at Brixton police station in August 2008 Credit: PA

Sean Rigg died of cardiac arrest at Brixton Police station after he was restrained face down an inquest heard today.

Inner London Coroner's Court jury says police used 'unacceptable level of force' leading up to the forty year old's death.

The musician, who was suffering from schizophrenia was being held in the back of a police van at Brixton police station in south London when he died in August 2008.

An inquest jury found that officers used "unsuitable" force after arresting him for attacking passers-by in Balham, south London.

Reading the jury's narrative verdict today after the seven-week process at Inner London South Coroner's Court, coroner Andrew Harris said: "The level of force used on Sean Rigg whilst he was restrained in the prone position at the Weir estate was unsuitable.

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