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Fresh appeal launched for information regarding police stop in Beckton, Newham

The IPCC is appealing for witnesses as part of an ongoing independent investigation following a police stop of a car in Beckton, Newham.

The car, occupied by three people, was approached by Metropolitan Police officers on Woodcocks off Tollgate Road at about 10pm, 15 June.

One man, Edir Frederico Da Costa, aged 25, was detained by police officers. During this interaction it is believed police officers used force and deployed CS spray.

Mr Da Costa became unwell, first aid was administered, an ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital. Tragically on Wednesday 21 June, Mr Da Costa died.

A post-mortem was conducted on Thursday, 22 June. The pathologist concluded there were no injuries to suggest severe force was used.

Further investigations will be undertaken by the pathologist to establish the cause of death.

IPCC investigators deployed to the scene and attended the post incident procedure where officers provided initial accounts on the night of the incident. The IPCC are carrying out door to door enquiries in the area.

Associate Commissioner Tom Milsom said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man and all those affected. We are committed to conducting a comprehensive investigation and I would urge anyone with information to support our efforts.”

Witnesses should email woodcocksroad@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk(link sends e-mail) or call 0800 096 9073.

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