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Moped rider in critical condition after police perform tactical stop in Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 12:27 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 10 November 2017

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An independent investigation has begun

A 17-year-old moped rider is in a critical condition after police performed a tactical stop in Thamesmead.

Met Police has referred the incident, which happened at around 1.20am on Tuesday morning, to its Directorate of Professional Standards.

Officers spotted the moped with a pillion passenger driving dangerously along Eastern Way.

Spotting police, the passenger got off the moped and fled on foot.

According to Met Police, officers then performed a tactical stop “in the interests of other road users, public safety and the safety of the rider.”

During the attempt, the teenager rider was knocked off his bike.

London Ambulance Service was called but no ambulances were available, so officers decided to take the injured boy to hospital themselves.

He remains in hospital in a critical condition. His next of kin have been informed.

A spokesperson from London Ambulance Service said: ““We were contacted by the police at 2.20am on Tuesday, November 7 to reports of a man injured following a road traffic collision in Eastern Way.

“The patient was not assessed to be in an immediately life-threatening condition from the information provided by police at the scene. At 2.28am we tried to make contact with police at the scene but they could not give us further information.

“At 2.47am a paramedic in our control room spoke to officers at the scene who confirmed the patient was conscious, breathing, sitting up and talking but did need an ambulance response.

“We dispatched an ambulance at 3.15am, which arrived at the scene at 3.22am, however, the patient had already been taken to hospital.”

The DPS has now referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints commission, which has launched an independent investigation.

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