Man Dies After Falling Into River Thames During Attempted Arrest

A man in his 20s has died after falling into the River Thames in London while being arrested by police.

The man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene
The man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that officers were flagged down on Kingston Bridge at around 10.30pm on Friday evening. A "verbal altercation" between a man and woman who knew each other was ongoing and an allegation of theft was made, the Met said.

The police said that officers were in the process of arresting the man, who had not been placed in handcuffs, when he entered the water.

The Metropolitan Marine Policing Unit, the RNLI, the London Fire Brigade, and the National Police Air Service, were all dispatched in the search for the man, who was believed to be in his 20s.

Emergency services removed the man from the water at approximately 00:30, he was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene, police confirmed.

The force has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: "My thoughts, and those of the Metropolitan Police Service, are with the friends and family of the man who has sadly lost his life following the incident. "I fully appreciate the public will be very concerned. We of course share that concern. "The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards made an immediate referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as is protocol in any incident in which a person comes to harm following police contact."

The IOPC said that its investigation had begun and they had taken initial statements from the police officers involved in the incident. A spokesperson for the IOPC, said: "We have now begun the process of gathering and reviewing evidence, including footage of the interaction between officers and the man. "Our thoughts are with the man's loved ones and all those affected by his death."

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