Two men have died after the vehicle they were fleeing from the police in, crashed into a road barrier.
At around 01:00 hours this morning, officers from West Yorkshire Police were involved in the pursuit of a car that failed to stop for them in the centre of Brighouse, Calderdale.
A short time later, the fleeing vehicle crashed into a road barrier on Bradford Road.
The two male occupants of the car, believed to be in their 20s, have since died.
Their next of kin have been informed and are being kept up-to-date with specialist police family liaison officers.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said:
‘At 1:07 am today (17/7) a car containing two male occupants was involved in a collision in Bradford Road, in Brighouse town centre.
‘Due to the involvement of a police vehicle in the circumstances leading up to the collision, the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
‘A scene and road closures are in place in Bradford Road and are likely to remain in place for some time’.
IOPC Regional Director Miranda Biddle said:
“This is a tragic incident, and my thoughts are with the men’s family and friends and all those affected, including the emergency services in attendance.
“We sent investigators to the scene and to the post incident procedures, where the two officers in the police vehicle provided statements to us.
“It is mandatory, when someone dies following police contact, that the matter is referred to the IOPC.
“Our role is to establish and examine the circumstances of what happened; this work is already underway, and West Yorkshire Police is cooperating fully with our enquiries.”
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