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Woman is killed under prison van

A woman has died after being trapped under a prison van in south London, the Metropolitan police have said.

The victim, aged about 30, was hit as the van turned from Acre Lane into Brixton Hill at 1735 BST on Tuesday.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The vehicle involved was a Serco van transporting 11 prisoners. All of its passengers were accounted for and no-one was injured.

'Heartfelt sympathies'

The driver is being held in custody at a south London police station.

A Serco spokesman said: "I can confirm that one of our prison escort vans was involved in a fatal incident earlier today outside Brixton Town Hall.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of the woman who has lost her life in this tragic accident."

The incident is being investigated by the Met's collision investigation unit.

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