Investigation into death of man struck by police van

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE''Undated handout photo issued by the IPCC of Donald Bennett, 83, as investigators examining how the pensioner died after he was hit by a runaway police van have asked for witnesses to come forward. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 4, 2013. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating how the retired joiner was struck by the unattended vehicle in Pudsey Park in West Yorkshire. See PA story POLICE Van. Photo credit should read: IPCC/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE''Undated handout photo issued by the IPCC of Donald Bennett, 83, as investigators examining how the pensioner died after he was hit by a runaway police van have asked for witnesses to come forward. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 4, 2013. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating how the retired joiner was struck by the unattended vehicle in Pudsey Park in West Yorkshire. See PA story POLICE Van. Photo credit should read: IPCC/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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An investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was struck by a police vehicle.

West Yorkshire Police told the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that Donald Bennett, 83, died after one of its vehicles collided with a man in Pudsey Park near Leeds.

Early enquirues made by the IOCC suggest that a police officer was responding to reports of a disturbance involving young people at the park and that the van they arrived in was left unattended before it struck Mr Bennett.

The force later referred the incident, which happened on Saturday, June 1 at about 2.15pm, to the IPCC and an IPCC investigator was sent to the scene. An independent IPCC investigation was launched shortly afterwards.

IPCC staff met with members of Mr Bennett’s family at his home in Pudsey to explain the investigation.

Cindy Butts, the IPCC’s Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “This is a tragic incident in which an elderly man lost his life. I will ensure our investigation is robust and that it provides the answers Mr Bennett’s family and friends will understandably want.”

The IPCC, which is independent of the police, would like to speak to anyone with information about the collision. To contact the IPCC investigation team telephone 0800 096 9078 or email Pudseypark@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk.