Police who were following car that hit and killed Bradford schoolboy were not at fault, says police watchdog

Bilal Khizar
Bilal Khizar

Two police officers investigated for their role during the pursuit of a car that knocked down and killed a 12-year-old in Bradford have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The officers from West Yorkshire Police had pursued a Seat that was being driven by Zain Khan, 21, of Savile Park in Halifax.

Last month he was jailed for seven and a half years after pleading guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of Bilal Khizar.

The car had been spotted and followed by the officers before the collision in Rooley Lane, Bradford, on Saturday, October 6, last year.

Zain Khan also sped away from a lay-by after pulling over at the request of the police officers.

Following Bilal’s death, an IPCC investigation looked into the circumstances surrounding police involvement with the Seat.

The watchdog announced today that its investigation did not identify any evidence of criminal behaviour or misconduct by the West Yorkshire police officers and concluded that the responsibility for causing the death of Bilal rested with Zain Khan.