A man has died after police were called to Haringey over reports that someone had a knife and was behaving erratically.

Officers were called at 8.07pm on Thursday, July 22 to a residential address in James Gardens to find the man in clear distress.

They attempted to calm him and, realising he required medical help, swiftly requested the assistance of the London Ambulance Service (LAS).

The Met said that fearing he may harm himself or others, handcuffs were briefly applied by officers to prevent the man from doing this.

He was then transported by London Ambulance Service to a north London hospital, where his condition deteriorated. He died at 6.56pm on Saturday July 24.

The man's family are aware and a family liaison officer has been appointed to support them and ensure they are kept updated with any developments.

As is procedure in these circumstances, the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed, as has the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Chief Superintendent Treena Fleming, Commander for policing in Haringey and Enfield, said this was a “very distressing incident”.

"Our officers were responding to a call for their help and bravely intervened in a very upsetting scene for those who were witnessing it,” she said.

“They prevented the male from receiving further injuries and sought urgent medical attention for him, alongside providing support to the family and ensuring no-one else was injured in the incident.

"I would respectfully ask that people avoid speculation at this time.”

She added that the IOPC has been made aware, which is usual in such cases, and a thorough investigation is underway that will include a full review of body worn video.

CS Fleming continued: “Again, I would stress that such actions are usual in these cases so that we are as transparent as possible in such circumstances and I will ensure that we release further information on the incident as and when we are able to.”