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Man arrested after pedestrian killed in Brighton

11 Jan, 2017 13:42 News Witness Appeals

Police have arrested a man on Wednesday after a 78-year-old local man was tragically killed in a hit and run in Brighton on Tuesday night (January 10).

A man was arrested when he handed himself in to police on Wednesday morning (January 11) in connection with the collision at the junction Old Steine and St James's Street at around 10pm.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses after a Vauxhall Astra failed to stop for them around 10pm in the Bear Road area of Brighton. Officers pursued the car towards Brighton where the Vauxhall collided with the 78-year-old pedestrian, who sadly died at the scene. The car didn't stop and was found abandoned soon after on Madeira Drive near Concorde 2.

A 33-year-old man from Brighton has now been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving, failing to stop for police and failing to report an accident. He remains in custody.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission have been informed and have begun an independent investigation into the circumstances of the police pursuit.

Sergeant Richard Hornsey said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the victim at this time.

"We continue to appeal to anyone who saw what happened or has any other information to contact police here or on quoting Operation Beresford."


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