A man has died after being restrained by police and security guards at a convention centre in London.

Officers were first called to reports of a man attacking people in the middle of a road in Canning Town early on Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said. 

“Further reports were received that the man was acting irrationally, throwing himself onto passing cars and confronting council workers,” they added. “The man was then reported to be running towards the ExCel Centre. Officers attended and found the man being restrained by security staff at the centre.

“The man was placed in handcuffs by officers, but became unresponsive. Officers immediately administered first aid and London Ambulance Service were called.”

The unnamed man, believed to be 37, was taken to hospital but died a short time later. 

A security guard from the ExCel London, which hosts large exhibitions, conventions and conferences, was treated at hospital for bite injuries. 

Investigators cordoned off two nearby locations linked to the incident. 

The Metropolitan Police referred the incident to its Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

 “We have sent investigators to the scene and to post incident procedures and have begun to gather evidence,” an IOPC spokesperson said. 

A representative of the ExCeL London declined to comment.

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