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Birmingham police chase crash leaves woman dead

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Image caption The road was closed for forensic inquiries to take place

A 20-year-old woman died and six people were injured when a suspected stolen car, being pursued by police, crashed with another car in Birmingham.

The woman was in a VW Golf that was in collision with an Audi A3 being chased by officers in Kingstanding on Sunday.

She died at the scene and the male driver in the car was seriously hurt.

Four occupants of the Audi, aged between 17 and 20, were taken to hospital and have since been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

The driver of the Golf, a 22-year-old man, and a fifth occupant of the Audi, a 21-year-old man, remain in hospital. Both are in a critical condition.

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Image caption Any witnesses to the crash have been urged to call West Midlands Police

John Evans, was at home watching TV, when the Golf smashed into his garden.

"We were just sitting down watching the telly and then we heard a bang and this car came flying over," he said.

He added the area was usually quiet and local residents were upset by what had happened.

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Image caption The Audi was in collision with another car on Kingsland Road, police said

The two-car crash in Kingsland Road followed a "short pursuit" of the Audi which officers believed to have been stolen, a spokesman for West Midlands Police said.

The officers had been on a routine patrol at about 20:20 BST when they spotted the black Audi A3.

The force said it had since been established it was a stolen vehicle.

An ambulance service spokesman said both cars suffered "significant damage".

Sgt Alan Wood described the crash as "shocking" and said his thoughts were with the woman's family.

The crash has been referred to West Midlands Police's professional standards unit. The Independent Office for Police Conduct has also been notified.

Any witnesses have been asked to call police.

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