Police watchdog investigates fatal crash

Police officer at Old Swan crash scene
Image caption The BMW was being followed by police when it crashed into a bus stop killing the front seat passenger

The police watchdog is investigating after a man died when the BMW in which he was a passenger crashed into a bus stop when being pursued by police.

It happened at the junction of Prescot Road and Bell Street in Old Swan, Liverpool, at 04:35 GMT on Monday.

The man in his 30s was the front seat passenger and later died in hospital. The driver was detained at the scene.

Merseyside Police said officers were working to confirm the passenger's identity and tell his next of kin.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

An IPCC spokeswoman said: "We were notified of a fatal road traffic incident in Liverpool this morning by Merseyside Police.

"We have begun an independent investigation as initial information suggests the collision was preceded by a short police pursuit.

"We have deployed an investigator to the scene and police post incident procedures."

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Image caption The BMW crashed at the junction of Prescot Road and Bell Street in Old Swan, police said

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