IPCC clears Dorset police officers over man's pursuit death

Flowers marking site of car crash
Image caption Steven Brown died from injuries sustained in the crash near Three Legged Cross

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has cleared two Dorset officers over the death of a man in a police pursuit.

Steven Brown, from Verwood, died when the VW Golf he was driving crashed near Three Legged Cross in December 2011.

The IPCC report heard the 18-year-old's car was suspected to have been involved in an earlier forecourt petrol theft from a BP station in St Leonards.

The pursuit began after he failed to stop for a marked police car.

The IPCC found the pursuit was carried out in accordance with police guidelines.

It concluded, because the Golf had allegedly been involved in what could have been illegal activities, the officers' decision to pursue it when it failed to stop was "proportionate".

IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik said: "A young man died in a crash after he had failed to stop for the police.

"My sympathies go to Mr Brown's family and friends for their loss."

Another 18-year-old man, from Ferndown, was a passenger in the Golf and suffered minor injuries.

He provided witness evidence to the inquiry, along with the police officers and independent witnesses.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.

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