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Wiltshire police officers cleared after fatal M4 crash

Two Wiltshire police officers have been cleared following an investigation into a fatal crash on the M4.

Herbert Washington, 56, died after his motorbike crashed into a barrier at junction 16 in March 2013.

The officers were following him in a marked car, after recording him travelling at 95mph (153km/h).

The two officers had acted appropriately, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The watchdog concluded the officers were not in active pursuit of Mr Washington and were too far behind his motorbike to signal him to stop.

It did not identify any evidence of criminal behaviour or misconduct by the unnamed officers.

IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: "It is now over ten months since Mr Washington's death and I know his family and friends must still be coming to terms with their loss."

She added "any death on the roads is a tragedy" and it was important to "independently investigate this case to establish what happened in these very sad circumstances".

An inquest into Mr Washington's death at Salisbury Coroner's Court reached a conclusion of accidental death.

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