George Verrier death: Met Police to investigate officers

George Verrier
Image caption George Verrier was injured while on his way home from a party

The Met Police has been ordered to carry out its own investigation into how its officers dealt with a teenage assault victim who later died.

George Verrier, 17, was treated by officers called to a fight between 20 people in Bromley, early on Sunday.

Police said he did not want to be taken to hospital, but he was found unconscious hours later before dying.

The Met referred the incident to the police watchdog which ordered the force to carry out its own investigation.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the Met should re-refer the matter should their investigation show any possible misconduct.

The forced had voluntarily referred the incident to the police watchdog.

'Helped others'

A murder investigation has been launched into his George's death. A 17-year-old arrested in connection with the inquiry has been bailed until October.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the fight to come forward.

In a statement, George's parents said: "We, and all of George's friends, are completely devastated by our tragic and untimely loss.

"George was a lovely boy and very much loved by everyone who knew him and will be sadly missed.

"He was a kind and caring boy and we take some comfort that his passing has helped other families through organ donation."

George, a trainee electrician, was injured in Southborough Road at about 00:45 BST, while on his way home from the party in adjacent Blenheim Road.

Police were called at about 09:30 BST to a home in Ferndale - about a mile away - after he fell unconscious.

He was taken by air ambulance to hospital where he died at about 18:00 BST.

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