Monday 26 September 2016

Watchdog investigation launched after boy (17) dies in canal while being chased by police

Rachael Burnett

Published 30/07/2015 | 07:53

Leyton Marshes near canal at Leabrodge Road Credit: Google Maps
Leyton Marshes near canal at Leabrodge Road Credit: Google Maps

A police force faces a watchdog investigation after a 17-year-old boy died in a canal while being chased by officers.

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The teenager, believed to be Jack Susianta, smashed a window at his home and fled after officers were called to the property in Clapton, east London.

He was missing for around an hour before he was spotted on Hackney Marshes but ran away again.

As he tried to escape from the police he ended up in a canal at Lea Bridge Road, Hackney.

One officer followed him into the water in a desperate attempt to save him.

His body was recovered at around 5.20pm.

The Metropolitan Police have referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), who consider all deaths following police contact.

Members of the teenager's family reportedly called the police because they were worried about his safety.

"On seeing police, the male ran off," a Met Police spokesman said.

"Officers tried to stop the male in order to assist him, but prior to police officers reaching him, the male entered the canal near to Lea Bridge Road.

"A police officer entered the canal in an attempt to rescue him, but the male went under the water."

Emergency services, including dog units, a police helicopter, Marine Police and London Fire Brigade were deployed in the search.

Hackney Police tweeted at 3.38pm today: "Jack Susianta, 17yrs missing from E5. Last seen wearing a t shirt, shorts and socks. Call 999 quoting CAD 5306."

"We're currently dealing with an incident involving a man in the canal in Leabridge, involving partner emergency services," the force said in a later post.

An IPCC spokesman said: "We deployed investigators to the scene and we are currently assessing it to determine the level, if any, of our involvement.

"We haven't yet determined whether it will be necessary for an independent investigation."

The cause of death is unknown. A post-mortem examination and formal identification have not yet been carried out.

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