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Police river rescue attempt

At least six police officers jumped into the River Avon in Bristol in a bid to rescue the occupants of a car. One woman inside the vehicle died but the other four occupants survived. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Police deny chasing BMW before river plunge

Avon and Somerset Police Inspector Paul Winship dismissed the suggestion that a police vehicle may have been in pursuit of the BMW as it crashed through iron railings in Bristol city centre into the river.

"I can confirm this was a straightforward accident involving a single car going off the road," he said. "It was not a pursuit, and so the Independent Police Complaints Commission has not been informed."

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