Forty two people killed in road incidents involving police last year – the highest in a decade

Forty two people killed in road incidents involving police last year – the highest in a decade

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THE 42 people killed in road incidents involving police last year was the highest in a decade.

The toll was a rise of 13 on 2017-18 in England and Wales, figures from the Independent Office for Police Conduct showed.

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The previous highest in the past ten years was 40 in 2008-09, although the record is 48 in 2005-06.

Twenty-seven of the 42 were men and 15 were women, with 22 aged 18 to 30, and eight over 60. Thirty were in police pursuit-related incidents, up from 29 on the previous year and the highest since 32 in 2005-06.

IOPC director-general Michael Lockwood said the rise in pursuit-related deaths pointed to “a continued need for scrutiny”.

He added: “Police drivers need to be able to pursue suspects and respond to emergency calls, but it’s not without risk.”


The figures also showed 16 people died in or following police custody last year, down from 23 in 2017-18.

There were three fatal cop shootings compared with four the previous year.

And there were 63 apparent suicides following custody, a rise of six.

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