Two cyclists were killed when they were struck by a car following a suspected police pursuit in a flood-hit village. Police called to a ''fear-for-welfare'' incident saw a black BMW convertible linked to the call-out. What does the part in bold mean? The excerpt comes from this article. I found on another website that it means there isn't any criminal offence going on, which doesn't add up to me since in the first example two people got killed so that is a criminal offence, right? Also, are there any words or phrases that are synonymous to "fear-for-welfare"? But Thames Valley Police say the call to them was a 'fear for welfare' shout, meaning there wasn't any criminal offence going on.