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Man 'critical' after taxi fall

A 26-year-old man has been critically injured after falling from the back of a moving taxi.

The driver travelled a short distance on Alexandra Avenue in Harrow, north west London, when he realised the rear tailgate was open and a man was rolling on the road behind the vehicle.

Police were called shortly after 1am as paramedics treated the man, who suffered life-threatening head injuries, Scotland Yard said.

He was taken to a central London hospital where his condition is critical. His n ext of kin have been informed, police said.

Officers believe he was part of a group of men and women who were close to a Renault Traffic taxi parked outside Domino's Pizza on Alexandra Avenue.

The driver returned to the injured man and has not been arrested, Scotland Yard.

Police say they do not know how the man came to be in the taxi and want to speak with members of the man's group who left the scene by the time officers arrived.

Detective Sergeant Chris Osborne said: "We know this man was with a group of what appeared to be friends or colleagues moments before he was injured.

"He is now in hospital in a critical condition and I would urge anyone with information to come forward so that we can establish the precise events."

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8991 9555 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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