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Pensioner dies as Hayes police chase burglars in stolen car

, 1:00 pm, Wednesday, 8 February, 2012

A Hayes pensioner was killed in a hit-and-run incident last night as police followed two burglars out of the area.

Pursued: a map of the area where the crash happened. Top is the A4020 Uxbridge Road

Officers were contacted just before 7pm on Tuesday 7th February by a man who saw his VW Golf being driven away. He subsequently discovered the car keys had been taken during a burglary at his home.

At 6.56pm a marked police car saw the Golf travelling north on the A427 Dawley Road and began following it. The Golf then hit a stationary Vauxhall Zafira as it turned into Botwell Lane from Church Road.

The Golf drove on but the police car also hit the Zafira. Although it was a minor collision and there were no injuries, the police car ended the pursuit at that point as a matter of procedure.

Just after 7pm London Ambulance Service informed police of a collision at Moray Avenue, at the junction with Compton Road. The Golf had crashed into a parked Vauxhall Frontera and hit its driver as he was exiting the car.

Two men abandoned the Golf and escaped on foot. Police conducted extensive searches of the area, assisted by the police helicopter, but they did not find the two suspects.

The 70-year-old Vauxhall driver died at the scene. A post-mortem will be scheduled in due course. Police have informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Met’s internal Directorate of Professional Standards, to establish whether the police pursuit caused the death of the pensioner.

WL reader Tracie Tunstall reports that a house on the corner of Evergreen Way has been taped off. Other readers reported seeing armed police in the area but this cannot be confirmed.

Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit (RDIU) at Alperton Traffic Garage are investigating the fatal collision.

DS Chris Osborne from the RDIU said: “We are keen to speak to anyone in the area who either saw the Golf being driven prior the collision or anyone who saw the people responsible running away afterwards.”

Anyone who can assist should call the RDIU on 020 8998 5319; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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