A man has died after he fell into the River Thames while evading police capture.
Officers were in the process of arresting the man, but hadn’t yet put on handcuffs, when he broke free.
His body was found in the water two hours later after a major search operation.
A Met Police spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘At around 10.30pm on Friday, 26 August, police on routine patrol were flagged down on Kingston Bridge to a verbal altercation involving a man and a woman who were known to each other.
‘An allegation of theft was made. Officers were in the process of arresting the man, believed to be aged in his 20s, when he entered the water. He had not been placed in handcuffs.
‘A multi-agency response to locate the man was launched, involving the Met’s Marine Policing Unit, National Police Air Service, London Fire Brigade and the RNLI.
‘The man was recovered from the water at around 00:30hrs and treated by paramedics. Despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead. The man’s family have been informed.’
A referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The Met’s Marine Policing Unit, National Police Air Service, London Fire Brigade and the RNLI had all been involved in last night’s search of the Thames.
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