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Car crashes into pedestrian in Camden Town while being chased by police

"They crashed into this bloody great stone pillar and hit this woman in front of the khazi"

16 November, 2017 — By William McLennan

Police officers at the scene of the crash, close to the public toilets on Camden High Street 

A CAR that was being pursued by police crashed into a pedestrian in Camden Town after appearing to turn into on-coming traffic.

A woman in her 50s was treated by medics at the junction of Camden High Street and Camden Road before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Witnessed described the BMW attempting to travel the wrong way up Camden High Street before colliding with a bollard in front of the public toilets at around 5.20pm. The driver and passengers fled the scene on foot with plain clothed officers in pursuit.

One witness said: “There was police right behind them. It looked like they were chasing them. The police did an emergency stop and just chased after them.”

The independent police watchdog and the Met’s internal standards department are both reviewing the case, to determine if a full investigation is required.

One suspect has been arrested, police said. It is believed he was apprehended by officers around 200 metres away near the junction with Pratt Street.

 

Another told the New Journal: “That unmarked police car looked like he chased them down Camden Road, he’s come through here, crashed into this bloody great stone pillar and hit this woman in front of the khazi. Fancy chasing people in rush hour. It’s got to stop, these police chases.”

Another said: “I was standing out the CeX [on Camden High Street]. I heard a big thud, then I saw two people jump out of the car and they ran past me, running up the high street. It seemed like the police were right behind them. On the balance of probabilities, I would say they were in a pursuit.”

Scotland Yard said the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards had been informed “as a matter of course”.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said that the case has been referred to them by the Met. A spokesman said. They will now assess the details of the pursuit, before deciding whether to carryout a full independent investigation, or pass the file back to the Met to deal with internally.

A Met spokesman said: “Police in an unmarked car began an authorised pursuit of a suspect vehicle at approximately 17:09hrs on Thursday, 16 November in the Camden area.

“The suspect vehicle was involved in a road traffic collision in Camden High Street hitting a bollard at the junction with Greenland Road.

“A female pedestrian, believed to be aged in her 50s, was injured as a result of the collision. She was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service for a leg injury and has now been taken to hospital for treatment. Her condition is stable.

“A number of males are believed to have got out and ran off from the suspect vehicle after the collision.

“One male has been arrested. Attempts to locate the other occupants are ongoing.”

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