Police followed Belper train crash victim before death

Police have confirmed they were following the victim of a Belper train crash moments before he was tragically killed.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 30th March 2015, 11:05 am

Detective Chief Inspector Julian Wilson, of Derbyshire Police, said officers had spoken to the man, named on social media as 16-year-old Mitchell Rodgers, shortly before the incident at around 10pm on Saturday night, and had followed him ‘from a distance away’.

The force has now referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

A spokesman for the IPCC stated this was a matter of course in incidents of ‘death or serious injury following police contact’.

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He confirmed that the commission has now launched an independent investigation into the matter.

Det Ch Insp Wilson said the police are currently investigating the incident as a ‘tragic accident’ rather than a deliberate act.

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