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A woman has died after being hit by a police car in pursuit.

Heather Smedley, 53, was hit by Police Drive in Royton near Oldham, Greater ManchesterFriday morning.

She was taken to hospital, but died a short time later.

Greater Manchester Police said in a news release: “At around 10am this morning, officers pursued a suspected stolen vehicle and a short pursuit ensued.

“A short time later a road traffic collision involved a police vehicle and a 53-year-old woman was taken to hospital for treatment with serious injuries, but sadly died a short time later despite the best efforts of emergency service personnel.”

Mrs Smedley’s family today paid tribute, describing her as “the kindest, gentlest, most beautiful soul inside and out”.

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Police cordoned off the area near the accident site on Friday. Image: Google Streetview

In a statement, the family said: “The most wonderful mother of Benjamin, Olivia and Jamie, daughter of Hilda and Fred, sister, friend and wife of Damien.

“The world was a much better place with you in it.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better role model to grow up with, giving everything, having everyone she loved and always supporting those around her.

“She was the glue that held our family together. Her resilience and kindness inspired us all to be better.

“She had the greatest sense of humor and infectious laugh that we will miss every day. You were too good for this world mum, there will be a hole in our hearts forever.”

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GMP’s Oldham District Chief Superintendent Chris Bowen said a referral had been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and its own professional standards branch.

He added: “Our sincere thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the woman who has tragically passed away.

“We understand that people are concerned about these types of incidents.

“In accordance with normal procedure, referrals have been made to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“Investigations like this often result in road closures which can cause significant disruption and we thank the local community and road users for their patience.”

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