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Motorcyclist tracked by police dies in collision with taxi and street furniture in London

A man has died in a collision with a taxi and street furniture while the motorcycle he was riding was being followed by police officers.

A pillion passenger on the motorcycle sustained non life-threatening injuries and was arrested after being found with a machete.

At around 6.45am Monday 25 September, two officers on patrol on marked police motorcycles became aware of a motorcycle travelling through a red light on Oxford Street.

The motorcycle, which failed to stop for police, was being ridden by two males. It was followed into Tottenham Court Road.

A short time later, the motorcycle was in collision with a taxi and street furniture on Tottenham Court Road near to Warren Street tube station.

Officers provided first aid prior to the arrival of ambulance colleagues.

Despite their efforts, the rider of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's family will be supported by specialist officers.

The pillion passenger was found to be in possession of a machete. He has been arrested and taken to hospital for treatment to leg and arm injuries.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) launched an investigation alongside colleagues from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command. The Independent Office for Police Conduct have been informed and we are advised that they have launched an independent investigation.


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