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Teen dies after running into canal while chased by police

Police search the canal. Credit: Picture from B.W.

A 17 year old boy has died after running into a canal in east London, while being chased by police.

The officers had been called by the teenager's family, who were concerned for his welfare.

When they spotted him on Hackney Marshes, he ran off - and into the canal.

He drowned before police could rescue him.

A spokesman for the Met said:

"Police were called...to an address in Clapton E5, where the family of a 17-year-old male were concerned for his welfare.

Officers attended the location, but the male had left the house by smashing a window prior to police arrival at 15:12hrs.

A search of the surrounding area was subsequently conducted by police officers.

At around 15:50hrs, somebody matching the description of the male was seen by officers on Hackney Marshes.

On seeing police, the male ran off. 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....At around 17:20hrs, the body of a male was recovered from the water by officers from the Met's Martine Policing Unit. We await a post-mortem examination and formal identification.

– Metropolitan Police spokesman

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