Leeds teenagers in police pursuit death crash UPDATED

A teenager died and two others were badly injured when their car crashed during a police pursuit.

Matthew Norman, 18, was killed while Jordan Cox, also 18, was last night in a critical condition in Leeds General Infirmary.


Alex Farrell, 19, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The three pals from Horsforth were spotted at 9.30pm on Tuesday by officers in a marked police car near Weetwood police station. It followed them after they failed to stop.

The silver Peugeot 106 landed on its roof in a garden on Otley Old Road at Bramhope.

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Timothy Minns, 61, lives at the house where the crash happened. He said: "I was watching TV when I heard a big loud bang and when I went outside I found a car in the garden, lying on its roof. The police stayed all night and the road was shut for hours.

"Somehow the car came flying over the wall knocking down the trees before landing in my garden, just missing my car and the side of the house. A lot of traffic comes down the road because it's used as a cut through. It's so, so sad, I really feel for the families."

A local man, who asked not to be named said he was making his way home down Otley Old Road when he was turned back by police.

He said: "It was 2.30am when I was finally allowed through and I could see debris in the road. The road is a rat run and we've been saying for years that there should be speed bumps. What's happened is terrible."

Fire crews from Rawdon were called to the scene, close to the None-Go-Bye farm.

A recovery truck was seen removing the Peugeot yesterday lunchtime while locals cleared the garden of trees.

Tributes began pouring into Matthew's facebook page yesterday as friends heard news of his death.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "The Peugeot had earlier been sighted by a marked police patrol car near to Weetwood police station in Otley Road. The car failed to stop for the officers and was followed towards Otley. As the vehicle entered Otley the officers backed off due to the way the Peugeot was being driven and lost sight of the vehicle.

"The vehicle was then seen by the Force helicopter to have crashed near to the entrance of St Helena's caravan park.

"The Force's Professional Standards Department and the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been notified."

Anyone who saw the car being driven during the time leading upto the crash are asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047.

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