Police involved in three fatal crashes in last year

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THREE people have died in the last year after incidents involving police vehicles in West Yorkshire, a watchdog has revealed.

In the last decade there have been 28 deaths of motorists, cyclists or pedestrians after police pursuits or other ‘police traffic-related activity’ in the county, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Only police in London and Greater Manchester have seen more deaths of this type in the same period.

Among the deaths being looked at by the IPCC is that of Donald Bennett, 83, who died when an unattended West Yorkshire Police van rolled forward and hit him in Pudsey Park, Leeds, last year.

Across the country, the IPCC says deaths during or after police custody fell to the lowest level in ten years, as did the number of police-related fatal road accidents.

But 68 people apparently took their own lives two days after being arrested or detained in 2013/14, the highest rate in a decade.

The IPCC said mental health issues were “a serious concern”, affecting a third of those who died in or after police custody, and two-thirds of those thought to have committed suicide.

In West Yorkshire, there was one suicide following police custody, and 18 over the last decade. North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire saw 12 in ten years.

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