Leeds & West Yorkshire

Man hit and killed by rolling police van in Pudsey Park

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Media captionThe man was struck by the van in Pudsey Park when the vehicle moved after officers called to deal with a disturbance in the park got out of it.

An elderly man died when an unattended police van rolled forward and hit him in a park in West Yorkshire.

The man was struck by the van in Pudsey Park when the vehicle moved after officers called to deal with a disturbance in the park got out of it.

Paramedics were called to the park, in Church Lane, at 14:15 BST on Saturday, but the man died of his injuries.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

'Terrible, terrible accident'

Image caption Tributes to the man who died have been left at the park by local residents

A number of floral tributes have been left near the scene by local residents.

One includes a card which reads: "Granddad, will miss you loads. Love you forever and always".

Stuart Andrew, Conservative MP for Pudsey, said the man's death was "extremely sad news".

"Obviously, we don't know the precise details of what has happened, but it seems there has been a terrible, terrible accident.

"Our thoughts are with the relatives of the poor pensioner who has lost his life."

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