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Police were 'seconds behind' stolen car which killed woman in crash

A police car was "seconds behind" in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle which killed a young mother in a crash, the Police Ombudsman has said.

The crash happened on the Ballysillan Road on Thursday and claimed the life of Lisa Gow, a woman in her thirties with two young children.

In a statement on Friday evening, a spokesman for the police watchdog confirmed the PSNI had been in pursuit of the stolen car when it crashed.

"Video from the police helicopter and from within the lead police pursuit car clearly shows that when the collision occurred, police were a matter of seconds behind the suspect vehicle," the spokesman said.

"Our investigation is continuing and will consider issues such as how police dealt with this incident and the manner of police driving."

Police Ombudsman investigators have met with members of the deceased family and spoken to them about the investigation.

In a statement on Friday evening Superintendent Melanie Jones said the full circumstances of the pursuit would emerge once they had been independently investigated by the Ombudsman.

“Whilst we initially reported that the Police pursuit of the stolen vehicle had ended prior to the collision, as the investigation has progressed and following consultation with the Police Ombudsman, the full circumstances of the pursuit will be independently investigated by the Police Ombudsman," she said.

"This will include whether or not the pursuit had ended at the time of the collision”.

"Specially trained Liaison Officers have informed the family and will continue to support them at this tragic time.

"The male driver of the stolen vehicle has been charged with a number of offences including causing death by dangerous driving and has been remanded in custody."

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