Body is found in River Lea in search for ‘bike gang member who vanished after leaping into water in north east London to escape police’
- PCs from Scotland Yard’s robbery taskforce were pursuing two men on bikes
- One of the men was retrieved by police from the water, but other was not found
- The police search resumed this morning and officers then recovered the body
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A body has been found in the River Lea during a search for a man who last night entered the water during a police chase.
Officers from Scotland Yard’s robbery taskforce were pursuing two men on bikes along the river’s towpath in Tottenham, north London, just after 9.15pm yesterday.
One of the men was retrieved by police from the water and detained, but the other could not be found despite a helicopter-assisted manhunt led by specialist marine officers.
The search resumed in the early hours of this morning and just before 10am a body was recovered.
Police are working to identify the body and verify whether he is the missing male.
Firefighters have joined paramedics and police as they search the River Lea for a man who fell into the water on Wednesday night
Moments before the man entered the water, two others had been arrested after trying to evade police on Ferry Lane
A police spokesperson said this afternoon: ‘The search resumed in the early hours of this morning.
‘At around 09.50hrs today Thursday, 8 October, police recovered the body of a male.’
Commander Paul Brogden said: ‘I fully recognise the concern this incident will cause among members of the local community.
‘The matter was referred by our Directorate of Professional Standards to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who have confirmed that they are independently investigating this tragic incident, and how the males came to be in the water.
‘Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased male and we will do everything we can to support the IOPC investigation.’