Investigation launched into death during police car stop

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The man was stopped by police in Woodcocks near Tollgate Road, Beckton

The death of a 25-year-old man six days after he was stopped by police in east London is being investigated.

Edir Frederico Da Costa was travelling with two others in a car when he was detained in Woodcocks, Beckton, at 22:00 BST on 15 June.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched a probe and is appealing for witnesses.

Mr Da Costa was taken to hospital in a “critical condition” and died on Wednesday.

An IPCC spokesman said it was believed the police officers used force and CS gas during the incident.

But a post-mortem examination suggested there were no injuries to suggest severe force was used.

The IPCC spokesman said: “Mr Da Costa became unwell, first aid was administered, an ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital.

“Tragically on Wednesday 21 June, Mr Da Costa died.”

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