Murder investigation after man dies in collision

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died in a collision between a car and a moped.

It happened at A244 Claremont Lane, between the junction of Copsem Lane and Milbourne Lane, in Esher, Surrey, at about 06:20 BST on Monday.

A 37-year-old man from Leatherhead was declared dead at the scene, while a 52-year-old man from Orpington in London has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Surrey Police said it had referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) because of previous contact it had with the man arrested.

Det Insp Natalie Pearce said: “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this very difficult time. Our investigation is in the very early stages and a specialist team of officers are working around the clock to follow up enquiries. The road remains closed but we hope it will be re-opened later this evening.

“We are hoping to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision, anyone that may have any dashcam footage of the collision, or anyone who may have seen a red moped and a white Seat Ibiza in the area in the moments before the collision. We are especially interested in the manner of driving by these two vehicles.

"We have also referred ourselves to the IOPC due to previous police contact with the suspect."

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