IPCC inquiry clears Merseyside Police over pursuit

An inquiry into whether Merseyside Police pursued a motorbike before it crashed, seriously injuring a boy, has cleared officers of any wrongdoing.

The boy, 15, was injured when his bike collided with a car driven by a member of the public in Kirkby on 22 February.

The motorcycle had come to the attention of a police patrol car shortly before the crash so the police watchdog started an investigation.

It found there had not been a misconduct breach during the incident.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said an officer had called the control room, having seen youths the force were looking for over an alleged assault, but said she was not pursuing them.

'No disciplinary offences'

The police car then proceeded along Roughwood Drive in the same direction as the motorcycle.

Analysis of the car's data recorder showed the emergency warning equipment was not activated and the car reached a top speed of 34mph, the IPCC said.

As they were trying to find the youths they saw the motorcycle collide with a Ford Ka, the watchdog said.

A spokesman said the two officers' accounts of what happened was supported by witnesses, data from the car and CCTV footage.

He added: "As a result the investigation concluded no disciplinary offences had been committed."

The Crown Prosecution Service also concluded there was no evidence of a criminal offence being committed by the officers.

The motorcycle rider was treated in hospital for head injuries. He was later summonsed to court and fined for several motoring offences.

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