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Police watchdog continuing to probe death of Hythe motorist after pursuit by officers

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A POLICE watchdog is continuing to probe a pursuit involving officers which resulted in the death of a Hythe motorist.

Robert Archer (40) was at the wheel of a silver Ford Transit Connect when it careered off the A343 at Stockbridge and ended up in a field off Red Rice Road, near Andover, around 11pm on 30th January.

As reported in the A&T, the van had been pursued for a short time from Salisbury by police responding to reports of a burglary in Monxton. No other vehicles were involved.

The vehicle crashed into a field off Red Rice Road (photo: Google)
The vehicle crashed into a field off Red Rice Road (photo: Google)

Paramedics responded, but Mr Archer was pronounced dead en route to hospital.

Hampshire Constabulary automatically referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Investigators were sent to the scene of the incident before an independent investigation was declared on 2nd February.

IOPC regional director Graham Beesley said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Archer’s family and friends, and all those affected by this incident.

“We have contacted his family to explain our role and how our enquiries will progress.

“There is a mandatory requirement for forces to refer to us incidents like this which result in death or serious injury and our investigation will thoroughly examine the circumstances of the police involvement, including whether appropriate policies and procedures were followed.”

Investigators have so far gathered initial accounts from officers involved and have started reviewing police body-worn video footage, dashcam footage and CCTV from the area.

An inquest opened at Winchester Coroners’ Court in February heard a post-mortem examination established Mr Archer suffered multiple injuries.

It was adjourned for a full hearing to take place at the same court on 7th September.

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