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Pensioner killed by stolen car after Hayes police chase

Police outside the home where the pensioner was hit
Image caption The 70-year-old man was struck as he got out from the car after parking it

A 70-year-old man was struck dead by a stolen car minutes after officers stopped chasing it, police have said.

The man was hit by a VW Golf on Tuesday after getting out of his parked car in Moray Avenue, Hayes, west London.

Officers had given up a chase involving the car which was reported stolen following a burglary at a house.

The car was reported at 18:53 GMT, and police abandoned the chase five minutes later. The man was hit at 19:02 GMT.

Police believe the driver and a passenger ran off following the crash.

A marked police patrol car spotted the reported vehicle in Dawley Road three minutes later and began a pursuit.

During the chase, the suspect vehicle hit a parked car at the junction of Botwell Lane and Church Road, before driving on.

The police vehicle abandoned the chase at 18:58 GMT after it also hit the stationary Vauxhall Zafira. No-one was injured in the incident.

Det Sgt Chris Osborne said: "We are keen to speak to anyone in the area who either saw the Golf being driven prior to the collision or anyone who saw the people responsible running away afterwards."