Pedestrian dies after police crash


A pedestrian has died after being struck by a police vehicle.

Northumbria Police said a 52-year-old man was pronounced dead at South Tyneside Hospital after the collision in Whiteleas Way, South Shields, at 10.30pm yesterday.

Two police officers - the driver of the vehicle and a front-seat passenger - were taken to hospital but their injuries are not thought to be serious.

The force has notified the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) of the incident.

A police spokesman said this was "normal protocol" because a police vehicle was involved.

Officers have cordoned off the area while they carry out inquiries.

The Northumbria Police spokesman added: "Officers are in the process of informing the deceased's next of kin.

"No details of his identity will be released at this time."

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 extension 69191.