IOPC end investigation after man died on Tube tracks following police chase

A man died on the Tube tracks at Colindale Underground Station (Google Maps)
A man died on the Tube tracks at Colindale Underground Station (Google Maps)

The police watchdog has ended an investigation into the Metropolitan Police after a man died on Tube tracks in north London while being chased by officers.

The Met Police were alerted to reports of a fight and criminal damage outside Colindale Underground Station on May 19.

The trespasser entered the building at around 1am after he saw the police.

He was followed and officers attempted to detain him inside the station, but he made off onto the tracks where he died.

Paramedics and the Met’s helicopter attended the scene and services on the Northern Line between Golders Green and Edgware were stopped.

The British Transport Police are still investigating the circumstances and supporting the man’s family.

Scotland Yard referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who reviewed footage of officer’s body cameras.

The police watchdog decided that an investigation was not required and referred the case back to the Met Police.

Detectives from the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) also made an assessment and found no further investigation was needed.

Superintendent Lorraine Busby-McVey, responsible for policing in Barnet, said: “This is a tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the family of the man who very sadly lost his life.

“It is only right the matter was reviewed by the IOPC given the circumstances, and we thank them for their swift work in reaching this outcome - which is helpful to all those involved.

“Our colleagues from BTP will now progress the investigation and we will be providing statements from the officers involved to assist their enquiries.”