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East Ham father, 25, dies after police stop car in Beckton

PUBLISHED: 16:28 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:39 26 June 2017

Edson died in hospital. Picture: Submitted

Edson died in hospital. Picture: Submitted

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A young father from East Ham who was left fighting for his life after police stopped a car in Beckton has died.

Edir Frederico Da Costa, who was known as Edson, was one of three people travelling in the vehicle which was stopped in Woodcocks near Tollgate Road, on June 15 at around 10pm.

During the stop as officers tried to detain the 25-year-old they used force and CS gas and he became unwell.

He was rushed to hospital in an ambulance and remained in a critical condition until he died yesterday.

The father-of-one’s girlfriend is pregnant with his second child and the pair had discussed marriage just hours before Edson’s death, according to her cousin.

A preliminary post mortem concluded there were no injuries to suggest severe force was used on Edson. Last week the Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation and today a spokesman said they were sending out investigators to make door-to-door enquires to find any potential witnesses.

Tom Milsom, IPCC’s associate commissioner, said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man and all those affected. We are committed to conducting a comprehensive investigation and I would urge anyone with information to support our efforts.”

The IPCC is appealing for anyone who witnessed the police stop to email woodcocksroad@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk or call 0800 096 9073.


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