Police van rolls over elderly man killing him as he buys ice cream in park


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A pensioner was killed yesterday when an unattended police van rolled forward and hit him.

The elderly man was buying ice creams in Pudsey Park, West Yorkshire when he was struck by the van after officers left the vehicle to deal with a disturbance.

West Yorkshire Police said in a statement: “At 2:15pm this afternoon, 1 June 2013, a police van responded to reports of a disturbance in Pudsey Park, Church Lane in Pudsey.

“The officers attending went into the park and left their van to deal with the incident.

“The van subsequently rolled forward and collided with an elderly man walking in the park. Paramedics were called to the scene, but the man died of his injuries.

“The matter was immediately referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

According to the Daily Mail, officers had been responding to a report of young people causing trouble at the park.