Four men died in a car crash  the during the early hours of Thursday morning following a police chase.

While the men are believed to have been identified on social media, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) do not want to officially name the men at this moment in time.

In a statement IOPC have said:

“Our investigation following a police pursuit in Bradford, in which four men died, is continuing to gather vital evidence.

At around 5.30am this morning (2 August 2018) a grey BMW 1 Series crashed on Toller Lane. We understand that, prior to the incident, an unmarked West Yorkshire Police car began a pursuit of the BMW as it was being driven at speed. A short time later the car collided with a tree and all four men died at the scene.

Two of the men have been formally identified. The other two men who died have not yet been formally identified. We have made the decision not to name the men at this time, until all their identifications have been confirmed and we are confident their next of kin have been informed.

Our investigators attended the post incident procedures and will attend the post mortems of the four men when these take place. Statements from the officers involved, who are all being treated as witnesses, have been taken.

We have overseen the removal of the police vehicle involved, and the BMW, and these will now be forensically examined for use in our independent investigation. We have established that there is dashcam footage from the police vehicle, which will be analysed in due course. We are also in the process of gathering local CCTV footage and will be conducting house to house enquiries over the coming days.

Anyone who witnessed, or recorded, the incident is asked to contact us on 0800 096 9079 or email tollerlanebradford@policeconduct.gov.uk

IOPC Regional Director Miranda Biddle: “This was a horrific incident, resulting in the deaths of four men, and our thoughts remain with their loved ones and all those affected.

“Our investigators responded quickly following the referral from West Yorkshire Police, and were at the scene shortly after the crash – this is vital to ensure we establish key evidence at an early stage.

“I would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone with information about the crash to come forward.”