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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 October 2005, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
'Tiffany jewel thief' hit by car
Crime scene
Two men were arrested after falling off a motorbike
A suspected jewel thief died and another was seriously hurt when they were hit by an unmarked police car which had been chasing them.

The pair were part of a group of five that police think tried to rob Tiffany & Co in Sloane Square, west London, by driving a 4x4 vehicle into it.

The men were struck by the car after falling off their moped when it hit a parked vehicle in Cadogan Place.

Police arrested three other men on suspicion of burglary offences.

Two were arrested in Cadogan Square after falling off their motorbike, while a third was picked up in a 4x4 car in Acton, west London.

I heard a tremendous bang and so much noise
Eye-witness

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed about the death and an investigation has been launched.

The break-in took place at about 0135 BST.

Ambulance crews pronounced the man dead at the scene and the injured man is being treated in hospital.

A witness who lives nearby told BBC News: "I heard a tremendous bang and so much noise because the engine of the scooter kept going for quite a while after the accident.

"I went out and the paramedics were over them trying to help them but they looked pretty lifeless."




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