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Policeman held after woman's death

A member of Scotland Yard's CO19 unit has been questioned on suspicion of manslaughter after a pensioner died in a suspected road rage incident.

The off-duty officer, who is a firearms licensing official, was arrested after a confrontation on a residential road in Hillingdon, north-west London.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances of the death of the 64-year-old woman after her car was involved in an incident with the officer's vehicle.

Investigators were called to Snowden Avenue, a short distance from Hillingdon Court Park, on Tuesday at about 4.30pm.

It is believed the woman was driving one vehicle when there was an incident and her passenger, a man believed to be her husband, got out.

A confrontation took place in the street between the man and the off-duty officer and the woman died.

A post-mortem examination will take place to identify how the woman died at Hillingdon Mortuary on Thursday.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "At approximately 4.30pm on Tuesday November 16, an altercation occurred in Snowden Avenue, Hillingdon, after which a 64-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested in connection with the inquiry.

"The 34-year-old, who works in central operations, was arrested on Wednesday November 17 at his place of work on suspicion of manslaughter, and was taken to a south London police station. He has now been bailed to return in mid-December pending further inquiries."

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call 0208 247 7821 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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