Cops defend their actions in trio of road-crash deaths

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THE death of a passenger in a car which crashed on Forest Lane, Papplewick was one of three cases over 12 months where police vehicles were involved.

This figure was the highest of any force in England and Wales, including the Met Police, for the period between April 2011 and March this year.

Eighteen-year-old Kyle Dooley, of Top Valley, died in the accident at Papplewick, which occurred while police were following the car.

The case was reviewed by Nottinghamshire police after it was passed back to them by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The car driver, Jake Fretwell (19), of Edern Gardens, Top Valley, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in custody at Nottingham Crown Court after he admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

The judge commended Pc John Gilman and Pc Mark Szeremeta, who pulled the teenagers from the car, and he awarded each of them £250 for their bravery.

One of the other deaths was of Major Richard Angove (50), from Gloucestershire, who was killed on the A46 near Flintham on October 7 2011. His car was in collision with a Mazda which police had been following. This case was also passed back by the IPCC to Notts Police, by whom it is still being reviewed.

The Mazda driver, Martin Casey (26), of Leicester, received a sentence of eight-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving.

The third death, the only one being investigated independently by the IPCC, was of 26-year-old Dale Wilson, of Aspley. He died when he was driving a stolen car which crashed at 11 pm on November 14 2011. The vehicle was being followed by three police cars at the time.

Nottinghamshire Police’s head of professional standards, Detective Superintendent Jackie Alexander, said the force welcomed the IPCC reviews, even when its own initial assessment of the circumstances linked to a death did not suggest that the police action contributed to it in any way.

He added: “The loss of life in any circumstances is tragic and we are continually seeking to improve our responses. Our aim is to ensure that, whatever situation we are called upon to deal with, our officers and staff have the training and knowledge to respond proportionately and in a way that will safeguard everyone concerned.”

n OUR PHOTO shows the scene of the crash in which Kyle Dooley died