Man hit by train while trying to flee from police


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A man has died after he was hit by a train while trying to flee from police in north-west London.

The man, who was in his 20s, had been stopped in Willesden Green on Tuesday evening by officers who thought he was in possession of drugs. As police searched the suspect, he broke away from them and made off on foot with both officers running after him. The Metropolitan police said the chase eventually involved a police helicopter and a dog unit.

During the 40-minute pursuit, he ran into gardens, climbed over fences and went on to railway lines before he was hit by an overground train on the line near Dartmouth Road in Willesden. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police, who have not named the man, said that his next of kin had been informed and that a postmortem examination would take place in due course. The body was removed from the scene shortly afterwards. Officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed.