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Teen dies in police chase crash

The scene of the collision. Credit: ITN

The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation after a 13-year-old girl died in crash, involving a car that was being chased by police.

Just before 6.30pm last night, a Peugeot 308 - which was being pursued by a marked police car - collided with a Volkswagen Polo.

The teenager, who had been sitting in the back of the Volkswagen, died at the scene from her injuries.

Her parents and brother, who were also in the car, have been taken to hospital - but their injuries are not thought to be serious.

The driver of the Peugeot has been arrested.

Commander Tony Eastaugh said: "An innocent family are now dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one.

"The Metropolitan Police has begun a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this terrible incident.

"The thoughts of our staff and officers are with the family at this time."


Rare violin stolen in New Cross, say police

A rare 18th century violin worth £140,000 has been stolen during a burglary at a flat.

The instrument, a Nicola Gagliano dating back to 1747, is possibly one of only three in the world. The 31-year-old owner of the flat returned to his home in Erlanger Road, New Cross, south east London on Wednesday night to find that the main communal door had been forced open.

Various rooms were searched and a number of items were taken including the violin, which was in a brown rectangular case with two straps. The man, who did not want to be named, said his flatmate had been loaned the valuable instrument.

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