Police appeal as man dies after chase

Crash: The scene of the accident on Longmeanygate
Crash: The scene of the accident on Longmeanygate
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A man who died following a high-speed car chase has been named by police as Geoffrey Gill.

Mr Gill, 55, from Leyland, died after his black Mitsubishi L200 Animal crashed into the gable end of a home on Longmeanygate on Friday morning.

Police are continuing to appeal for information after the crash.

The matter has been voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is monitoring the investigation.

Police say officers tried to stop the car, driven by Mr Gill, at around 12.20am over concerns about the way it was being driven.

Mr Gill failed to stop and lost control of the car on a bend on Longmeanygate.

The car then hit the house, becoming embedded in the lounge area.

Owners of the property, Stuart Duffield, 42, and Lindsay Cavanagh, 44, and their four children, aged between 11 and 19, were sleeping in another part of the house 
and were not injured.

Mr Gill was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, but 
later died from his injuries.

The building had to be made secure before the vehicle could be removed on Friday afternoon, shutting off a section of the road over the weekend.

Sgt Malcolm Bell, of Lancashire Police, said: “A full investigation into the circumstances surrounding this collision is now underway.

“I am keen to speak with anyone who may have seen the Mitsubishi Animal, registration PN57 YZP, being driven in the Leyland area prior to the collision.

“I would also like to speak with anyone who may have seen Mr Gill in the hours leading up to the incident or the Mitsubishi and the police vehicles travelling towards Longmeanygate.”

Anybody with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.