Woman killed by driver during Lancashire police pursuit

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Image caption Mother-of-two Susan Shaw died at the scene in Rishton, Lancashire

A woman has been killed by a driver being pursued by the police.

Susan Shaw, 47, was hit by a Vauxhall Corsa in High Street, Rishton, Lancashire, at about 17:50 GMT on Boxing Day.

The driver did not stop and the mother of two died at the scene. The car was found abandoned in nearby Cliff Street.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating.

In a statement, Ms Shaw's family described her as "well known within the local community" and a dedicated charity fundraiser.

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Image caption Flowers have been left by the scene in tribute to Susan Shaw

"Susan was a loving mother of two and also a much loved daughter and sister, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her," they said.

"She was always generous with her time with friends and strangers alike and was loved by everyone. One of her friends described her as one of the kindest people you could ever meet."

Flowers have been left near the scene in tribute to Ms Shaw, who lived in Rishton.

Det Insp Warren Atkinson said: "We would ask anyone who witnessed the pursuit or who may be able to help us to identify the driver to contact us as we continue with our inquiries."

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Image caption The IPCC said its staff had attended the scene and collected statements from police officers

Resident Gordon Smith, 77, said: "I only knew her by sight and I knew her dog.

"I was out yesterday and when I got back there were two police cars blocking the road and a police van."

The IPCC said its staff had attended the scene and collected statements from police officers, along with data from the police vehicle.

Operations manager Andy Riley said: "This is a tragic incident in which a woman has lost her life and my thoughts go out to all those affected.

"The IPCC is investigating the circumstances of the police engagement with the Vauxhall Corsa and will be co-operating with Lancashire Constabulary as it carries out a criminal investigation."

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