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    Officers hurt in fatal van blast

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...de/6927209.stm

    A driver died and five police officers were hurt when a van exploded as it was being followed by police in Liverpool.

    The white Transit van pulled over on St James Place, off Park Road in Toxteth, on Wednesday night, but as police approached it burst into flames.

    The van driver and five officers were taken to hospital for treatment but the driver later died.

    Merseyside Police have confirmed the van contained gas cylinders but have stressed there is no terrorist link.

    Three police officers are said to have serious burns injuries and remain in hospital for treatment.

    A fourth with injuries described as "significant" and another officer with minor injuries have now been discharged.

    Police are trying to find out the cause of the blast but they have said there were no explosives in the vehicle.

    The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    A patrol car began a "slow pursuit" of the van after an officer spotted the driver "acting suspiciously" in Marmaduke Street, Edge Hill, just before 2200 BST.

    When the white Ford Transit failed to respond to signals to pull over, the patrol Pc began a pursuit, joined by other officers.

    The pursuit carried on for seven minutes until the van stopped on Park Road, Toxteth.

    Officers got out of their vehicles and began to approach but an explosion ripped through the back of the van.

    The driver, who is described as a white man in his early 40s, was treated at the scene by paramedics but later died in Royal Liverpool Hospital.

    'Exceptional' bravery

    Asst Ch Con Simon Byrne said: "We can only speculate what caused the explosion and that will come in due course, once we have forensically examined the van and immediate scene.

    "However, we can clearly say this was not, in any way, a terrorist attack.

    "I would like to pay tribute to my officers, the paramedics involved and the local community.

    "A number of officers were injured, either in the explosion or when trying to help the deceased when he was on fire.

    "These officers showed exceptional bravery and our thoughts are with them and their families as they begin their recovery."

    Nearby houses had to be evacuated but residents have since been allowed to return home.

    There was no access to Park Road from Upper Parliament Street to its junction with Upper Warwick Street on Thursday morning.

    Traffic was being diverted along Princess Avenue.


    Sounds a bit strange to me most likely the chap had mental health problems

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    Maybe the gas cylinders were leaking which caused his erratic driving?
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    Update from the BBC

    The driver who died when his van exploded as it was being followed by police has been named as a missing man.

    Terry Langrell, 42, died when the white Transit van pulled over and burst into flames as police approached it on St James Place in Toxteth.

    The driving instructor, from Leasowe in Wirral, had been missing from home and had not seen his family since March.

    Officers want to talk to anyone who may have seen Mr Langrell since 12 March or who may know where he had been living.

    They would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen the white Ford Transit van, registration number R509 KWR, which Mr Langrell was driving on Wednesday night.

    Merseyside Police have confirmed the van contained gas cylinders but have stressed there was no terrorist link.

    A patrol car began a "slow pursuit" of the van after an officer spotted the driver "acting suspiciously" in Marmaduke Street, Edge Hill, just before 2200 BST.

    When the van failed to respond to signals to pull over, the patrol Pc began a pursuit, joined by other officers until the van stopped on Park Road, Toxteth.

    Officers got out of their vehicles and began to approach but an explosion ripped through the back of the van.

    A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death has concluded that Mr Langrell died as a result of extensive burns he suffered.

    Three of the five police officers who were injured in the incident are still in hospital with serious burn injuries.

    Family statement

    In a statement Mr Langrell's parents said: "Our family are totally devastated by the death of our son Terry. It is hard to imagine life without him.

    "He was a very private and quiet person. He had strong family values and was thoughtful and generous.

    "Terry was a trained scuba diver and has previously enjoyed backpacking around Australia and New Zealand.

    "He has worked hard all his life and has spent the last 10 years working as a driving instructor.

    "At this time we are finding it very difficult to come to terms with Terry's death.

    "We would also like to wish a speedy recovery to the police officers who were unfortunately injured at the time of his death."

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...de/6929095.stm

 

 

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