A young man is fighting for his life after the car he was driving overturned during a police chase.

An unmarked police vehicle attempted to stop the car in Long Lane, at the junction with The Glade, Croydon, at around 1.51am.

"The vehicle failed to stop for police and subsequently overturned," police said.

A man, 21, was recovered from the car and taken to hospital where his condition is critical.

His next of kin has been made aware.

There were no other reported injuries and road closures remain in place in West Wickham and Croydon.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed. This incident has now been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who have declared this an independent investigation.

A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said:  "We sent an advanced paramedic and an ambulance crew to the scene.

"We treated a man at the scene and took him to a major trauma centre as a priority."