Watchdog probe after teenagers hurt in police chase

Four teenagers – aged between 14 and 16 – were injured after a police pursuit.

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A police watchdog is to investigate a pursuit in Perthshire which resulted in four teenagers being injured in a crash.

Two schoolgirls have been left with serious injuries after the car they were in crashed during a police pursuit across Perth.

An orange Vauxhall Corsa failed to stop while driving along Edinburgh Road in the city at 1.55pm on Saturday.

Officers followed the car before it crashed on the A90 near St Madoes, around six miles away, however no police vehicles were involved in the crash.

The car had four occupants who were taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, including the two girls aged 14 and two boys – aged 16 and 14 – who were treated for minor injuries.

The incident has been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).

A PIRC spokesman said: “We are investigating the circumstances leading up to a serious road traffic crash on the A90, near St Madoes, on Saturday February 20, 2021.

“Our investigation will focus on the involvement of police officers pursuing a vehicle containing four occupants, who were subsequently taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for treatment.

“Police Scotland referred this matter to the PIRC, as is standard in incidents of this type, and once our investigation is concluded, a report will be provided to the Chief Constable in due course.”

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