The body of a 21-year-old man has been pulled from the River Lea in Tottenham, North London.

It comes following an incident in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, where police conducted a search on Wednesday night after two men made off from the authorities on pushbikes and were pursued by officers also on bicycles.

One of the males was retrieved from the water, which is part of the River Lea Navigation system, and detained by officers.

Locals reported seeing a man entering the River Lea but despite the efforts of the emergency services, he could not be located.

A huge search was launched on Wednesday night

Officers on scene immediately alerted specialist marine policing teams who searched for the outstanding male for several hours overnight, with the help of the National Police Air Service.

The search resumed in the early hours of the morning and at around 9.50am police recovered the body of a male.

Officers are now working to identify him and establish whether he is the male concerned.

A road closure remains in place on Ferry Lane N15, between the junctions of Mills Mead Road and Bream Close.

A huge emergency services response was seen following Wednesday night's incident

The two males detained were arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and remain in custody in North London police stations.

Commander Paul Brogden said: “I fully recognise the concern this incident will cause among members of the local community. The matter was referred by our Directorate of Professional Standards to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who have confirmed that they are independently investigating this tragic incident, and how the males came to be in the water.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased male and we will do everything we can to support the IOPC investigation.”