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Witness appeal after pensioner was injured by police motorbike escorting duchess

A pensioner hit by a police motorcycle escorting the Duchess of Edinburgh remains in a critical condition (Yui Mok/PA)
A pensioner hit by a police motorcycle escorting the Duchess of Edinburgh remains in a critical condition (Yui Mok/PA) A pensioner hit by a police motorcycle escorting the Duchess of Edinburgh remains in a critical condition (Yui Mok/PA)

A pensioner hit by a police motorcycle escorting the Duchess of Edinburgh remains in a critical condition in hospital – as investigators appeal for witnesses to come forward.

The motorbike collided with the woman, named in reports as Helen Holland, 81, from Essex, at around 3.21pm at the junction of Cromwell Road and Warwick Road in west London on May 10.

Police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) began an independent probe after investigators attended the scene alongside emergency services, when the woman was taken to hospital.

She remains in a critical but stable condition, police confirmed.

IOPC regional director Amanda Rowe said: “Our thoughts are with the woman, who has sustained life-threatening injuries, and her family.

“We have been in touch with them to explain our role and will keep them regularly updated as the investigation progresses.

“While some witnesses to the collision have been identified, it’s important that as part of our enquiries we speak with anyone who witnessed or recorded any part of this incident to help us establish the full circumstances.”

The watchdog said CCTV from nearby properties and police body camera footage will be examined in the investigation, as well as accounts from officers involved and witnesses to the collision.

Any witnesses or anyone with information can contact the IOPC on 0300 303 5621 or email westcromwellroad@policeconduct.gov.uk.