A man who died on the tracks on Northern line was being chased by officers in connection with a probe, Metropolitan Police has said.

Met Police were called at around 1am on May 19 to reports of a fight and criminal damage outside Colindale Underground Station.

A man entered the station upon seeing them but he ran towards the tracks as officers tried to detain him. He was fatally injured as a result and died at the scene.

British Transport Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to his death and supporting the man’s family.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) by the Directorate of Professional Standards, as is mandatory in cases where police have had contact with a person before their death or serious injury.

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Superintendent Lorraine Busby-McVey, responsible for policing in Barnet, said Met Police is working closely with BTP on the case and will continue to help them in any way they can.

“We know this incident will cause concern in the local community and we will be on hand to answer any questions that may arise.

“We have strong links into key partners and community leaders and will encourage a two-way dialogue where concerns can be discussed”, she added.

She further said that officers are aware of the IOPC referral and that their actions in such circumstances will be carefully reviewed as per practices.

“The IOPC will decide if an investigation is required and who should carry this out”, she added.

Northern line was part suspended between Golders Green and Edgware for hours on May 19 while emergency services dealt with the incident. The line was later fully re-opened.