04 June 2005

BBC

Man hit by police vehicle dies

A 29-year-old man has died after he was hit by a police Land Rover in west Belfast.

It is understood the police were responding to an emergency call when the man was knocked down on the Springfield Road at about 0100 BST.

He was given first aid by police officers but he died at the scene.

The Police Ombudsman's office is investigating the incident. The victim's name has not yet been released.

Forensic teams have carried out an examination of the area.

A spokesman for the ombudsman said that a family liaison officer has been appointed to support the man's family.

"The area has been videoed and photographed and any exhibits have been removed.

"The police vehicle has also been removed for further forensic analysis," the spokesman said.

The ombudsman's office has asked anyone who saw what happened to contact them on 02890 828627.

They also want to hear from anyone who has information about the man's movements earlier in the night .

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