Fatal collision following pursuit in Southwark

06 January 2013

New Scotland Yard

Inquiries are underway after a fatal collision in Southwark.

At approx 1824hrs on Sunday, 6 January, two cars - a Peugeot 308 and a Volkswagen Polo - were in collision in Ilderton Road, South Bermondsey.

"The MPS has now begun a thorough investigation into the circumstances."

One of the cars, the Peugeot, was being pursued by a marked police car at the time of the collision.

London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade also attended.

A 13-year-old girl, who had been sat in the rear of the Volkswagen, died at the scene from her injuries.

The child's mother, father and brother, who had also been travelling in the car, have been taken to hospital although their injuries are not thought serious at this time.

The male driver of the Peugeot has been arrested and taken into custody. The female passenger has been taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries.

Officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards and Traffic officers are investigating.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed and an IPCC investigator attended the scene to assess the circumstances

The police car had its 'blues and twos' in operation.

Commander Tony Eastaugh said: "An innocent family are now dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one.

"The Metropolitan Police has begun a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this terrible incident.

"The thoughts of our staff and officers are with the family at this time."