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Teen killed in police chase crash

A 13-year-old girl has died after a crash involving a car being pursued by police, Scotland Yard said.

Police said a Peugeot 308 and a Volkswagen Golf were in collision in Ilderton Road, New Cross, south London.

The Peugeot was being followed by a marked police car when the crash happened at 18:24 GMT on Sunday.

The teenager, who was sat in back of the the Volkswagen, was travelling with her parents and brother. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the patrol car involved in the pursuit has its sirens and flashing lights switched on.

A spokesman said the teenager’s mother, father and brother were taken to hospital but were not thought to have sustained serious injuries.

The male driver of the Peugeot was arrested and taken into custody. A female passenger was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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

“The Metropolitan Police has now 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.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed and sent an investigator to the scene of the crash.

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