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Investigation launched after man dies in south London following police contact

The Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an investigation following the death of a man in south London.

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers were called to an address in Bexleyheath at about 10pm on Monday 17 September by a member of the public.

At the address they encountered a man in his 30s and became concerned for his welfare. Officers called London Ambulance Service and detained the man.

Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated and officers administered first aid before the ambulance arrived and he was taken to a south London hospital where sadly he was declared dead.

We were contacted shortly after midnight on Tuesday 18 September by the MPS and declared an independent investigation.

A team of IOPC investigators were deployed to the scene and attended post incident procedures.

Initial accounts have been taken from officers who are being treated as witnesses. Early indications are that all officers who attended had their body worn cameras turned on throughout the incident and we are analysing that footage. We have collected CCTV footage and are conducting house to house enquiries in the area.

IOPC Regional Director Jonathan Green said:

“This is a tragic incident and my thoughts go out to family, friends of the man and to all involved.

“Sadly, he appears to have rapidly become extremely unwell, he died after being detained by the police and as such the circumstances require a thorough independent investigation.”


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