Neil Mclean calls for investigation as son Aston Mclean dies after being hit by police car

Dad calls for investigation as son dies after being hit by police car

Neil Mclean

Aston Mclean, left, and one of his brothers

The scene of the crash in Reading, in which Aston Mclean died

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A DAD is calling for a full investigation in to how his son died after being hit by a police car answering an emergency call.

Father-of-two Aston Mclean died instantly when he was hit by the marked police 4x4 as officers responded to reports of a burglary at a motorbike store.

Now his devastated family in Southampton are pleading for answers about the circumstances that led to the 28-year-old former St Mary’s Primary School pupil dying at the scene from his injuries.

Speaking from his home in St Mary’s, Aston’s dad Neil told the Daily Echo that he is struggling to cope with the loss of his son and is frustrated that they haven’t even be able to hold his funeral as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) carry out an investigation into his death.

The 50-year-old taxi driver added: “No parent wants to go before their child and I just want to get answers so that Aston and his children get justice.

“Nobody deserves to die like this and now my grandchildren have to grow up without their dad in their lives.”

The IPCC is trying to trace witnesses to the fatal collision, which happened in the early hours of August 6, as Thames Valley Police were responding to reports of a burglary.

Aston was hit by the marked police car in Wokingham Road, along with a police officer who was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

An investigator from the IPCC has since examined the scene and the car has undergone forensic tests.

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: “We have met with his family to explain our role, while our investigators have made good progress in recovering a range of evidence to ensure that our investigation is able to provide them with a comprehensive account of what happened.”

But while this work continues, dad-of-eight Neil says he is left in limbo, waiting to hear how his construction worker son, who grew up in Southampton before moving to Reading with his mum, came to die.

He added: “We are all just devastated and he will be sorely missed. He was always in Southampton, visiting me and his brothers and sisters who he would do anything for.

“If he walked into the room all eyes would be on him. He was a fun-loving guy who got on with anyone. He had a great sense of humour and always had a lovely smile on his face.

“The support I have had from family and friends has been overwhelming and just goes to show how much he was loved.”

Earlier this month, Aston’s mother Janet Williams paid tribute to her “gentle” but “strong” son and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Aston leaves behind his two children, Dejan, 10 and four-year-old Jodice.

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6:30am Wed 20 Aug 14

bigfella777 says...

Neil is such a nice guy he must be in bits. I hope he gets the answers he and his family deserve.
Neil is such a nice guy he must be in bits. I hope he gets the answers he and his family deserve. bigfella777
  • Score: 33

8:46am Wed 20 Aug 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Neil top guy sorry for your loss RIP Ashton
Neil top guy sorry for your loss RIP Ashton RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 20

9:42am Wed 20 Aug 14

Cyber__Fug says...

Sorry for your loss Neil and RIP Aston.

But, how can someone call for a full police investigation in one paragraph and then get frustrated when they do so because of the delay in releasing the body? These things take time and need to be carried out in a concise and proper way.
Sorry for your loss Neil and RIP Aston. But, how can someone call for a full police investigation in one paragraph and then get frustrated when they do so because of the delay in releasing the body? These things take time and need to be carried out in a concise and proper way. Cyber__Fug
  • Score: 22

11:23am Wed 20 Aug 14

itsnotjustice says...

ive known neil for years although i havent seen him for a while...such a top bloke ,always willing to help other people and always doing the best for his family...
Such a tragic shame and i hope the family get all the answers they need :(
ive known neil for years although i havent seen him for a while...such a top bloke ,always willing to help other people and always doing the best for his family... Such a tragic shame and i hope the family get all the answers they need :( itsnotjustice
  • Score: 14

12:36pm Wed 20 Aug 14

richieroo says...

**** Pete wrote:
Brite Spark. I think you are commenting on the wrong story. This is about the tragic death of a young father. Lets hope that compensation if it is found to be due. Is paid to the family swiftly. Nothing can replace him but they will need all the help they can get without a bread winner.
Brite Sparks comments relates to why the police car was travelling at speed prior to this tragic incident.

RIP to the chap who died & condolences to his family also.
[quote][p][bold]**** Pete[/bold] wrote: Brite Spark. I think you are commenting on the wrong story. This is about the tragic death of a young father. Lets hope that compensation if it is found to be due. Is paid to the family swiftly. Nothing can replace him but they will need all the help they can get without a bread winner.[/p][/quote]Brite Sparks comments relates to why the police car was travelling at speed prior to this tragic incident. RIP to the chap who died & condolences to his family also. richieroo
  • Score: 4

4:01pm Wed 20 Aug 14

mooky9 says...

**** Pete wrote:
Brite Spark. I think you are commenting on the wrong story.

This is about the tragic death of a young father.

Lets hope that compensation if it is found to be due. Is paid to the family swiftly. Nothing can replace him but they will need all the help they can get without a bread winner.
Hmmm so police car rushing to burglary and collides with male and police officer on foot coming from scene - doesn't take a rocket scientist to work that out. So before you all start blaming the Police and demanding compensation how about you find out the FACTS first - sad loss and condolences to the family, but let's not start blaming people until the report comes out.
[quote][p][bold]**** Pete[/bold] wrote: Brite Spark. I think you are commenting on the wrong story. This is about the tragic death of a young father. Lets hope that compensation if it is found to be due. Is paid to the family swiftly. Nothing can replace him but they will need all the help they can get without a bread winner.[/p][/quote]Hmmm so police car rushing to burglary and collides with male and police officer on foot coming from scene - doesn't take a rocket scientist to work that out. So before you all start blaming the Police and demanding compensation how about you find out the FACTS first - sad loss and condolences to the family, but let's not start blaming people until the report comes out. mooky9
  • Score: 23

6:18pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Oh my goodness says...

Cyber__Fug wrote:
Sorry for your loss Neil and RIP Aston.

But, how can someone call for a full police investigation in one paragraph and then get frustrated when they do so because of the delay in releasing the body? These things take time and need to be carried out in a concise and proper way.
Because grief can make you irrational
[quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: Sorry for your loss Neil and RIP Aston. But, how can someone call for a full police investigation in one paragraph and then get frustrated when they do so because of the delay in releasing the body? These things take time and need to be carried out in a concise and proper way.[/p][/quote]Because grief can make you irrational Oh my goodness
  • Score: 4

6:55pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Rocket 1 says...

Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............
Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............ Rocket 1
  • Score: 4

7:05pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Donald2000 says...

Rocket 1 wrote:
Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............
And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then?

Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house.

Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best.
[quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............[/p][/quote]And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then? Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house. Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best. Donald2000
  • Score: 0

7:16pm Wed 20 Aug 14

CHIMPANZEE says...

The Police are particularly reluctant to investigate the killing of a person of colour (Black man) . I have been waiting for 3 years about my complaint of racially motivated Stop and Search and Stephen Lawrence murder 20 yearsgo is still a joke
The Police are particularly reluctant to investigate the killing of a person of colour (Black man) . I have been waiting for 3 years about my complaint of racially motivated Stop and Search and Stephen Lawrence murder 20 yearsgo is still a joke CHIMPANZEE
  • Score: -16

7:20pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Rocket 1 says...

Donald2000 wrote:
Rocket 1 wrote:
Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............
And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then?

Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house.

Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best.
I think you are missing the Point, this was the Early hours of the Morning not Blo&dy Rush Hour, when Blues and Twos are needed..........
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............[/p][/quote]And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then? Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house. Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best.[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the Point, this was the Early hours of the Morning not Blo&dy Rush Hour, when Blues and Twos are needed.......... Rocket 1
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Donald2000 says...

Rocket 1 wrote:
Donald2000 wrote:
Rocket 1 wrote:
Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............
And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then?

Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house.

Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best.
I think you are missing the Point, this was the Early hours of the Morning not Blo&dy Rush Hour, when Blues and Twos are needed..........
I think you are missing the point too. Blues and Twos are required to alert the person who called the police that a response is being made. Unless you want people to stand there all night not knowing whether help is at hand.

Thinking really is not your strong suit is it? Must try harder.
[quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............[/p][/quote]And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then? Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house. Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best.[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the Point, this was the Early hours of the Morning not Blo&dy Rush Hour, when Blues and Twos are needed..........[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the point too. Blues and Twos are required to alert the person who called the police that a response is being made. Unless you want people to stand there all night not knowing whether help is at hand. Thinking really is not your strong suit is it? Must try harder. Donald2000
  • Score: -10

9:17pm Wed 20 Aug 14

eurogordi says...

A tragic loss and my thoughts and prayers are with the family. But wasn't there a similar incident a week or two ago? I think that time and elderly man was hit by an emergency vehicle. Questions need to be asked and answered before there is a third incident!
A tragic loss and my thoughts and prayers are with the family. But wasn't there a similar incident a week or two ago? I think that time and elderly man was hit by an emergency vehicle. Questions need to be asked and answered before there is a third incident! eurogordi
  • Score: -1

9:40pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Bexter1981 says...

So sad , sorry for your loss Neil, and to the McLean family x
So sad , sorry for your loss Neil, and to the McLean family x Bexter1981
  • Score: 1

11:06pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Kazza359 says...

Our thoughts are with Neil and all the family for their very tragic and sad loss, lots of love Karen, Steve and family xx
Our thoughts are with Neil and all the family for their very tragic and sad loss, lots of love Karen, Steve and family xx Kazza359
  • Score: 0

12:31am Thu 21 Aug 14

Ultra Vires says...

Donald2000 wrote:
Rocket 1 wrote:
Donald2000 wrote:
Rocket 1 wrote:
Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............
And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then?

Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house.

Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best.
I think you are missing the Point, this was the Early hours of the Morning not Blo&dy Rush Hour, when Blues and Twos are needed..........
I think you are missing the point too. Blues and Twos are required to alert the person who called the police that a response is being made. Unless you want people to stand there all night not knowing whether help is at hand.

Thinking really is not your strong suit is it? Must try harder.
Lights and sirens are not to alert the caller that the police are nearby! Where did you dig-up that nonsense?

It's simply warning equipment to safely pass through traffic, nothing more. Not all police officers are response-trained, but will still answer emergency calls. The use of lights and sirens don't grant exemptions under the Road Traffic Act, they are merely warning equipment. Silent approaches is a tactic used, but this is risk-assessed by the driver.

Police will generally not use sirens after 11pm. During the hours of darkness, the blue strobes are overwhelming and you won't need the assistance of the siren, unless it's a busy or blind junction. Officers have very comprehensive training and police in the UK have a very good safety record, which is why it makes headline news when tragic incidents like this happen.

My thoughts are with the family; I hope they get the answers they need quickly. Let's not also forget about the officer, irrespective of blame. Everybody involved comes out aggrieved by such a sad loss of life.
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............[/p][/quote]And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then? Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house. Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best.[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the Point, this was the Early hours of the Morning not Blo&dy Rush Hour, when Blues and Twos are needed..........[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the point too. Blues and Twos are required to alert the person who called the police that a response is being made. Unless you want people to stand there all night not knowing whether help is at hand. Thinking really is not your strong suit is it? Must try harder.[/p][/quote]Lights and sirens are not to alert the caller that the police are nearby! Where did you dig-up that nonsense? It's simply warning equipment to safely pass through traffic, nothing more. Not all police officers are response-trained, but will still answer emergency calls. The use of lights and sirens don't grant exemptions under the Road Traffic Act, they are merely warning equipment. Silent approaches is a tactic used, but this is risk-assessed by the driver. Police will generally not use sirens after 11pm. During the hours of darkness, the blue strobes are overwhelming and you won't need the assistance of the siren, unless it's a busy or blind junction. Officers have very comprehensive training and police in the UK have a very good safety record, which is why it makes headline news when tragic incidents like this happen. My thoughts are with the family; I hope they get the answers they need quickly. Let's not also forget about the officer, irrespective of blame. Everybody involved comes out aggrieved by such a sad loss of life. Ultra Vires
  • Score: 7

12:51am Thu 21 Aug 14

Uberarticuno says...

Ultra Vires wrote:
Donald2000 wrote:
Rocket 1 wrote:
Donald2000 wrote:
Rocket 1 wrote:
Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............
And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then?

Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house.

Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best.
I think you are missing the Point, this was the Early hours of the Morning not Blo&dy Rush Hour, when Blues and Twos are needed..........
I think you are missing the point too. Blues and Twos are required to alert the person who called the police that a response is being made. Unless you want people to stand there all night not knowing whether help is at hand.

Thinking really is not your strong suit is it? Must try harder.
Lights and sirens are not to alert the caller that the police are nearby! Where did you dig-up that nonsense?

It's simply warning equipment to safely pass through traffic, nothing more. Not all police officers are response-trained, but will still answer emergency calls. The use of lights and sirens don't grant exemptions under the Road Traffic Act, they are merely warning equipment. Silent approaches is a tactic used, but this is risk-assessed by the driver.

Police will generally not use sirens after 11pm. During the hours of darkness, the blue strobes are overwhelming and you won't need the assistance of the siren, unless it's a busy or blind junction. Officers have very comprehensive training and police in the UK have a very good safety record, which is why it makes headline news when tragic incidents like this happen.

My thoughts are with the family; I hope they get the answers they need quickly. Let's not also forget about the officer, irrespective of blame. Everybody involved comes out aggrieved by such a sad loss of life.
Officers who aren't emergency trained won't use blue lights and won't go above the speed limit or through red lights (I've seen it and it's extremely frustrating hearing how severe something is on the radio when you're sitting at a red light)

They don't use the sirens at night as the light is deemed enough.

I don't understand Rockets comment as blues and twos are needed to alert pedestrians as well, unfortunately in this story they weren't enough.
[quote][p][bold]Ultra Vires[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: Why do the Police always fly to incidents with Blues & Twos blaring, putting other Members of Public at risk, surely a better way to catch people would be the Softly Softly approach, you can hear the Sirens from miles away, then the Criminal is off and away............[/p][/quote]And if they need to clear a path through the traffic, what then? Anyway, you might be glad to hear their sirens one day; I know I was when I had to direct traffic around an injured motorcyclist in the road near my house. Not very acquainted with thinking - as your post sadly demonstrates. In the meantime may I offer my condolences to this gentleman and his family and wish him all the best.[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the Point, this was the Early hours of the Morning not Blo&dy Rush Hour, when Blues and Twos are needed..........[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the point too. Blues and Twos are required to alert the person who called the police that a response is being made. Unless you want people to stand there all night not knowing whether help is at hand. Thinking really is not your strong suit is it? Must try harder.[/p][/quote]Lights and sirens are not to alert the caller that the police are nearby! Where did you dig-up that nonsense? It's simply warning equipment to safely pass through traffic, nothing more. Not all police officers are response-trained, but will still answer emergency calls. The use of lights and sirens don't grant exemptions under the Road Traffic Act, they are merely warning equipment. Silent approaches is a tactic used, but this is risk-assessed by the driver. Police will generally not use sirens after 11pm. During the hours of darkness, the blue strobes are overwhelming and you won't need the assistance of the siren, unless it's a busy or blind junction. Officers have very comprehensive training and police in the UK have a very good safety record, which is why it makes headline news when tragic incidents like this happen. My thoughts are with the family; I hope they get the answers they need quickly. Let's not also forget about the officer, irrespective of blame. Everybody involved comes out aggrieved by such a sad loss of life.[/p][/quote]Officers who aren't emergency trained won't use blue lights and won't go above the speed limit or through red lights (I've seen it and it's extremely frustrating hearing how severe something is on the radio when you're sitting at a red light) They don't use the sirens at night as the light is deemed enough. I don't understand Rockets comment as blues and twos are needed to alert pedestrians as well, unfortunately in this story they weren't enough. Uberarticuno
  • Score: 3

11:45am Thu 21 Aug 14

Rina73 says...

I know Neil too a humble and a great soul, Sorry for your loss, just wish I could hug ya!!
I know Neil too a humble and a great soul, Sorry for your loss, just wish I could hug ya!! Rina73
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