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IOPC investigates Sussex fatality after vehicle pursuit

The IOPC is investigating the death of a man after a collision involving a Sussex police car.

Sussex police has referred itself to the conduct watchdog following the death of a man following a pursuit.

The man, named locally as Arthur Hoelscher-Ermert, 27, died at the scene after an incident involving an unmarked patrol car late on Saturday night.

The incident happened in Peacehaven following a pursuit of a vehicle.

It has now been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who have begun an investigation and have called for witnesses.

The force is fully co-operating.

Chief Superintendent Jo Banks said it had been a “tragic incident”.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who tragically died in this collision. We recognise the impact of this incident on his family and the local community and we are fully co-operating with the IOPC to ensure a full and fair investigation. The IOPC are liaising with the family and as such we are unable to provide further information.”

A spokesman for the IOPC said: ‘We have begun an independent investigation into police actions prior to a fatal road traffic collision involving a pedestrian on Dorothy Avenue in Peacehaven, Lewes.

“We were notified of the incident by Sussex Police and sent investigators to the scene and the police post incident procedures to begin our enquiries. Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this time.”

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