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Burglary suspects killed in car crash as they fled police

Fatal collision: The A40 near the junction with Kingsdown Avenue, Acton, west London, where two people died in a crash with a coach during a police pursuit PICTURE: PA

TWO burglary suspects have died after their car smashed into a coach as they were chased by police.

The man and the woman were killed on the A40 near East Acton in west London at about 9pm yesterday. A second man who was in the car is in hospital.

Police had been called to reports of an aggravated burglary in Harrow about 20 minutes earlier, and began a high-speed road chase. The police helicopter was also called in.

During the pursuit the suspects’ car veered across on to the wrong side of the A40 near the junction with Kingsdown Avenue and crashed into the coach.

Watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct and the Metropolitan Police internal Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed.

Last month, the IOPC said fatalities and serious injuries following pursuits were ‘thankfully rare’ as it investigated four separate fatal incidents involving patrol cars across the country over the course of a week.

PCSO Holly Burke was fatally injured by an alleged hit-and-run driver who struck her car while being chased by police in the West Midlands on January 22, while a 26-year-old refugee from Eritrea died after being hit by a police car responding to a 999 call in east London on the same day.

Jessie Whitehead, 74, was riding a mobility scooter when she was hit by a marked squad car as it responded to an emergency in Bedworth, Warwickshire, and Paul Radcliffe, 18, was killed by a car which had failed to stop for police in Oadby, Leicestershire, on January 19.