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IOPC launches investigation following incident in South London

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched an investigation following an incident between police and a member of the public in South London.

At approximately 10:00am on Sunday 13 January, two plain-clothed Metropolitan Police officers attended the YMCA in Stockwell Road, Brixton to arrest a man suspected of offences.

Initial statements from officers at the scene indicate that, within his accommodation at the YMCA, the man resisted arrest and became violent towards the officers. In response officers deployed CS spray before withdrawing and requesting assistance.

Uniformed officers then arrived and upon forcing entry to the room found the man with multiple stab wounds which, at this early stage of the investigation, are believed to be self-inflicted. The officers provided first aid prior to the arrival of paramedics from the London Ambulance Service. The man was treated at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

IOPC investigators attended the scene of the incident and the post-incident procedure. We have obtained, and are in the process of reviewing, body worn video footage and initial statements from the officers involved. Further enquiries are ongoing to recover CCTV footage and to identify any witnesses at the scene.


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