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Man killed by train after police chase named

A MAN who was killed by a speeding train as police pursued him on suspicion of drug possession has been identified.

Devante Keane, 20, of Essex, was fatally hit by the train travelling through Willesden, northwest London, at about 5.12pm on November 12.

He had been stopped less than an hour earlier, according to Metropolitan Police, when two officers believed him to be in possession of drugs.

Police claim Keane managed to break away from the officers and fled on foot, which led to the officers running after him in a pursuit supported by a dog unit and helicopter.

The chase lasted about 40 minutes, in which officers said they saw Keane climb over fences and cross railway lines before he was killed on a line near Dartmouth Road.

Keane was pronounced dead at the scene after the ambulance service arrived.

His relatives have been informed and a post-mortem is set to take place today.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission have completed their assessment of the fatal incident, and have decided to pass on the investigation to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.

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