David Guetta & Kelly Rowland: When Love Takes OveriTunesAmazon

David Guetta & Kelly Rowland: When Love Takes OveriTunesAmazon

North Yorkshire Police review training following death of teenager

police tape, cordon, cordoned off road

Published by Lizzy McEllan at 5:17pm 22nd February 2019.

North Yorkshire Police will review training following death of teenager.

  • An Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation has been published
  • It's into the actions of the police prior to the death of Dillon Turner in County Durham on 14 June 2016
  • North Yorkshire Police will be reviewing its training for officers and staff when dealing with cross-border pursuits

Dillon Turner, who was 19, was riding a stolen red Honda quad bike that had been pursued by officers from North Yorkshire, when shortly after 3pm,

He collided with a lamp post at Ingleton, County Durham.

Mr Turner was taken by air ambulance to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he died.

Today (22 February 2019), an inquest recorded a narrative verdict .

IOPC Statement

We looked at the actions of both Durham Constabulary and North Yorkshire Police (NYP) on the day of Mr Turner’s death.

We did not find that any of the officers or staff involved behaved in a manner that would justify disciplinary proceedings.

However, we made recommendations to North Yorkshire Police to help them improve how officers communicate with one another during similar incidents.

Durham Constabulary has also reviewed and updated its training in relation to cross-border communications.


At around 7.50am on 14 June 2016, the quad bike was reported stolen from the Keld area of North Yorkshire.

It was located in woodland near the village of Arkengarthdale.

NYP officers put in place an operation to arrest the suspects when they returned to recover it.

At approximately 2.35pm, a Mitsubishi pick-up truck containing three people, including Mr Turner, arrived to recover the quad bike.

The pick-up and the quad bike, ridden by Mr Turner, left the scene and were kept under observation by an unmarked police van.

NYP traffic police successfully stopped the pick-up at around 2.50pm and arrested its two occupants.

However, while en route to the A66, a road commonly used by suspects to cross into County Durham, the officers in the van lost sight of the bike.

A couple of minutes later, the NYP officers in the van saw the quad bike travelling along a minor road near to the A66.

The use of a police helicopter had been authorised by NYP and, from around 2.58pm, it had the bike on camera.

NYP traffic police unsuccessfully deployed a stinger (tyre deflation device) at round 3pm to try to prevent a pursuit developing.

As Mr Turner headed towards its force area, Durham Constabulary was informed of the incident.

During the pursuit, significant issues were experienced with the communication channels, meaning not all of the police vehicles involved were on the same radio channel.

This caused some NYP vehicles to lose sight of Mr Turner and resulted in Durham Constabulary not having full situational awareness of the pursuit.

The issues were eventually resolved by patching in the two radio channels.

The helicopter cameras show that, as Mr Turner rode through the village of Ingleton, he saw a Durham police car approaching him from the opposite direction.

At 3.09pm, in an attempt to evade the police car, Mr Turner lost control of the quad bike, clipping a Citroen Xsara before colliding with a lamp post.

It is estimated that at the time of the collision the quad bike was travelling at 52mph on a 30mph road.

IOPC statement continues:

During our investigation we examined all video footage from this incident, including CCTV, dashcam, and the police helicopter.

We also analysed all airwave transmissions and reviewed national and local police policies in relation to pursuits and inter-force communications.

All officers and staff were treated as witnesses throughout our investigation which we completed in February 2017.

We requested that the NYP officers involved be interviewed, however most of the officers chose to answer our questions in writing instead. In total we received written statements from 21 police officers and staff.

IOPC Regional Director Miranda Biddle said:

“Whenever someone’s life is lost in such circumstances it is very sad, and our thoughts remain with Mr Turner’s family and friends, and all those affected by the events of that day.

"We carried out a very thorough investigation into the actions of both police forces leading up to Mr Turner’s death and didn’t find any issues concerning the conduct of those involved.

"I’m pleased that North Yorkshire Police has been proactive in learning from this incident, to help avoid any repeat of the communication issues we identified.

"This learning is especially important for a police force that relies on cross-border collaboration with other forces. Durham has also been proactive in responding to the incident, by reviewing its own training and practices for cross border pursuits.”

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Newer article

Otley joins the Refill revolution

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The town wants to reduce its reliance on single-use plastics.

Older article
Top articles

Eight migrants found in inflatable boat heading to Kent coast

National: Eight migrants have been found in a boat in the Channel heading towards the Kent coast and taken to immigration centres.

Pregnant mothers give birth in olive groves after fleeing Syria violence

World: Officials in the last rebel outpost in Syria have told Sky News an estimated 700,000 people have been forced out of their homes due to a recent surge in violence in Idlib province.

Sky Live: Michael Hunter, Devin Haney and Filip Hrgovic feature in Maryland, live on Sky Sports

Sport: Michael Hunter and Filip Hrgovic continue their rise towards heavyweight world title contention, while Devin Haney can show his star potential, live on Sky Sports.

Private Harrogate health service putting money back into NHS

Business: Harrogate Harlow is based at Harrogate District Hospital.

NEW Toy Story 4 trailer

Family: Our favourite toys are back and are off on a new adventure!

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

Did you bet on this 'Dark Horse'?

70s On This Day: George Harrison launched his own record label

You're being asked to Bake for Heroes

Charity Hub: TV chef is encouraging you join in!

Local school success in green poem competition

Education: To celebrate Stray FM's Green Month.

Private Harrogate health service putting money back into NHS

Business: Harrogate Harlow is based at Harrogate District Hospital.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s canal garden cruises to gold

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It's been recognised at this year's Chelsea Flower Show

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

"It's a fantastic place": Harrogate cancer centre celebrates major milestone

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital is marking its five year anniversary.

Stray FM celebrates BEST EVER audience figures

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: More of you are listening for longer as we celebrate our 25th birthday

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

North Yorkshire districts among best places to live in UK

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Three parts of North Yorkshire have been named in the top ten places to live in the UK.


Bank holidays - are there too many this time of year?