Concern over Deaths Involving Police Vehicles; RESEARCH: Toll Expected to Rise Again This Year

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THE Police Complaints Authority is concerned with the increasing number of deaths involving police vehicles.

It has carried out research into the possible reasons for the rise, which is due to be published later this year.

The PCA's report for 2000-2001 revealed that the number of people killed while being followed by police rocketed by 178pc over the past four years in England and Wales, from nine in 1997/1998 to 25 last year.

The figures are expected to be even higher this year, with as many as 34 cases already reported to the PCA.

From April 2000 to March 2001 in Wales, there were no reports of deaths involving police vehicles.

However, since April last year, five cases have been brought to the attention of the Police Complaints Authority - two in Gwent, one in Dyfed-Powys, one in North Wales and one in South Wales.

A number of these have been highprofile cases and have led to criminal convictions being brought against individuals involved.

In July last year, taxi driver Michael Tunley died when his car was involved in a crash with a stolen VW Golf GTi, which was being followed by police through Newport. …