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Investigation into prior police contact with man who died in collision in Bournemouth

We have begun an investigation into the involvement Dorset Police had with a man prior to his death in a road traffic incident in Bournemouth.

Khan May, aged 21, died at the scene of a road traffic collision in Holdenhurst Road at around 6pm on Tuesday, 22 January.

Two Dorset Police officers had attempted to stop Mr May on a motorcycle in Richmond Park Road, after an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera notified them the vehicle was of interest to the police.

As the police vehicle pulled alongside, the motorcyclist made off and the officers lost sight of him.

A few minutes later, the officers were notified of a road traffic collision at the junction of Holdenhurst Road and Windham Road involving a motorcycle and a van.

Investigators have begun gathering CCTV and in car-footage in relation to the earlier police involvement. Dorset Police will continue to investigate the fatal collision itself. We determined an independent investigation recently, after assessment of a mandatory referral from Dorset Police.

Regional Director Catrin Evans said: “I extend my sympathies to Mr May’s family, and we have contacted them to explain our role and the investigation.

“When we investigate police actions prior to fatal road traffic incidents we consider each one based on their own different set of circumstances and whether police complied with national and local policies and procedures.”

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