An investigation launched after a fatal crash between a moped and a police car concluded no officers breached professional standards of behaviour.

The collision, in Wimbledon in the early hours of July 16, 2017, resulted in the death of Croydon boy Tyereece Johnson, 16, and injuries to two other teenagers riding the moped.

A referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) by the Met Police and an investigation was launched.

The IOPC completed its investigation in July 2018 and concluded there was no indication that any officer had breached standards of professional behaviour.

The IOPC has now published its findings following the completion of an inquest into Tyereece’s death.

IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem, said: “I am deeply saddened that a young man lost his life in this collision.

"We have analysed the evidence available and concluded that officers involved in responding to reports regarding the moped followed instructions and conducted themselves appropriately.

“We also concluded that the driver of the police vehicle that was involved in the collision was unaware of the exact location of the moped and on entering the junction of Trinity Road and South Park Road could not have avoided colliding with the moped. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to everyone involved and their families.”

Following the crash, the two teenagers were arrested and pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking.

Police received reports of young men on mopeds carrying out offences in the Streatham area at about 1am on July 16, 2017.

A police helicopter observed three young men on a moped in the Clapham area and monitored their progress as they drove through various parts of south west London, eventually ending in Wimbledon town centre.

Officers in police cars were notified and travelled to Wimbledon to intercept the moped.

Permission was given to officers who were suitably equipped to use a stinger to safely deflate the tyres of the moped but cars were ordered to not conduct a pursuit.

At 2.13am the moped collided with a police car at the junction of Trinity Road and South Park Road.

The IOPC said evidence gathered suggested the driver of the police car believed they were travelling on a parallel road to the one the moped rider was using, when in fact the moped was on South Park Road, at a right angle to Trinity Road. The two vehicles entered the junction at the same time, with Tyereece driving through give way markings and the moped struck the side of the car.

The evidence gathered suggested the police officer did not see the moped prior to the crash and had no chance of avoiding the collision.

Following the crash police officers in the vicinity provided first aid to the three teenagers. Ambulances were called and the three teenagers were taken to hospital. Tyereece died in hospital the following day.