Investigation launched by watchdog after man dies on railway line following police pursuit

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  • June 14, 2023
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n investigation has been launched after a man died on a railway line after a police pursuit in south London.

A car was being followed by police towards Streatham High Road at just before 3.30am on Wednesday.

The car, which failed to stop, crashed in Brunswick Mews and the driver ran from the scene. He was last seen in nearby Potters Lane before officers lost sight of him.

The police helicopter was scrambled and and a search of the area was conducted.

A police statement said: “A man was seen lying on railway lines near Estreham Road.

“Officers alerted Network Rail and the British Transport Police to get the power to the live rail lines turned off.

“As soon as the lines were confirmed as safe officers and paramedics approached the man who was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He has been identified as a 34-year-old male. His next of kin have been informed.

Officers from the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed.”

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have been informed and have declared this an independent investigation.