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Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Police have this morning recovered a body from a river in Haringey.

At around 21:15hrs on Wednesday, 7 October, officers from the Central East robbery taskforce were patrolling on bicycles along the River Lee towpath between Ferry Lane N15 and Markfield Park in Tottenham, North London.

Officers approached a group of males, and one was detained. Two other males made off from police on pushbikes and were pursued by police also on bicycles.

One of the males was pulled from the water, which is part of the River Lee Navigation system, and detained by officers.

Despite their efforts, the other male could not be located.

Officers on scene immediately alerted specialist marine policing teams who searched for the outstanding male for several hours overnight, with the assistance of colleagues from the National Police Air Service.

The search resumed in the early hours of this morning. At around 09:50hrs today Thursday, 8 October, police recovered the body of a 23-year-old man.

Formal identification awaits. Next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be held next week.

A road closure remains in place on Ferry Lane N15, between the junctions of Mills Mead Road and Bream Close.

The two males, [A] 28 and [B] 21, were arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

They were taken into custody at north London police stations and have since been released on bail to a date in mid-November.

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.”

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