Body found in river search after man entered water during police bike chase
A body has been found in a North London river after a man allegedly entered the water during a police chase.
The tragic discovery was made in the River Lea in Tottenham shortly before 10am today, the Met said in a statement.
Police said two men fled after being stopped by officers from the Central East robbery task force at around 9.15pm last night.
They were pursued by officers on bikes.
One of them was later found in the water and detained, the Met said, but the second man could not be found, prompting a specialist search, the Met stated.
In a statement, police said: “Officers on scene immediately alerted specialist marine policing teams who searched for the outstanding male for several hours overnight, with the assistance of colleagues from the National Police Air Service.
“The search resumed in the early hours of this morning. At around 09:50hrs today Thursday, 8 October, police recovered the body of a male.
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“Officers are working to identify him and establish whether he is the male concerned.”
The matter is being investigated by police watchdog the IOPC.
Commander Paul Brogden said: “I fully recognise the concern this incident will cause among members of the local community.
“The matter was referred by our Directorate of Professional Standards to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who have confirmed that they are independently investigating this tragic incident, and how the males came to be in the water.
“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased male and we will do everything we can to support the IOPC investigation.”
Another man arrested was at the scene, police said today.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and remain in custody in North London police stations.
A road closure remains in place on Ferry Lane N15, between the junctions of Mills Mead Road and Bream Close.
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