Watchdog launches probe as man, 44, is left in a critical condition after being restrained by police

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Police watchdog launches probe as man, 44, is left in a critical condition after being restrained by Met officers at his home following a call-out to a disturbance

Officers called to a property in Haringey, north London, at 7.30pm on ThursdayA man appeared to be unwell and distressed was restrained by officersAmbulance crews called and the man was taken to hospital, where he remains 

By Tom Pyman For Mailonline

Published: 22:30 GMT, 19 March 2021 | Updated: 22:30 GMT, 19 March 2021

The police watchdog has launched a probe after a 44-year-old man was left in a critical condition having been restrained by Metropolitan Police officers at his home following a call-out to a disturbance.

Officers were called to a property in Haringey, north London, at around 7.30pm on Thursday, where they found a man who appeared to be unwell and distressed. 

He was restrained by officers and the London Ambulance Service was called.

After he became unresponsive, paramedics provided first aid and he was taken to hospital. 

The police watchdog has launched a probe after a 44-year-old man was left in a critical condition having been restrained by Metropolitan Police officers at his home following a call-out to a disturbance

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) was notified of the incident by the force and sent an investigator to view body-warn camera footage.

An independent investigation was then declared shortly before 1pm on Friday.  

Initial accounts have been obtained from witnesses and bosses continue to gather video footage from the scene. 

IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: 'My thoughts are with the man and his family at this difficult time. We have been in contact with them and have explained our role.

'Our investigation will look at the contact the police had with the man before he went to hospital.

'I would like to reassure people that we will carry out a thorough and independent investigation into the full circumstances to establish what happened.' 

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