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Teen dies in canal after chase by police

By Joe Nerssessian

Published 30/07/2015

The teeneager tried to evade police but ended up in a canal at Lea Bridge Road, Hackney
The teeneager tried to evade police but ended up in a canal at Lea Bridge Road, Hackney

A teenage boy died in a canal after being chased by the police.

Jack Susianta (17) fled home after officers were called when he smashed a window.

After going missing for an hour, the boy, from Clapton, east London, was spotted again.

But as he tried to evade police he ended up in a canal at Lea Bridge Road, Hackney.

One officer followed him into the water in an attempt to save him but was unsuccessful.

His body was recovered at around 5.20pm. The cause of death was last night unknown, but a post mortem was expected to take place.

A police spokesman said: "Officers tried to stop the male to assist him, but prior to police officers reaching him, the male entered the canal. A police officer entered the canal in an attempt to rescue him, but the male went under the water.

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

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

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