Police comment after man dies following stay in Chesterfield custody suite

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating Derbyshire Constabulary interaction with a man who died after a '˜short period' in custody in Chesterfield.

Monday, 15th January 2018, 9:24 am
Updated Monday, 15th January 2018, 9:30 am
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The 42–year-old man - who has not yet been named - became unwell shortly after arriving at Chesterfield custody suite at around 1.30pm on Sunday, January 7, following his arrest in Pleasley during a domestic incident.

Just before 3pm, the man was transferred by ambulance to Chesterfield Royal Hospital where he sadly died on Wednesday night.

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: "We would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the man who died.

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"We are assisting the IOPC with their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, and supporting our officers, staff and anyone affected by it."

An IOPC spokesman said: "All deaths and serious injuries in police custody must be referred to the IOPC by law.

"Following the referral from Derbyshire Constabulary, IOPC investigators were deployed to the post-incident procedures on Sunday.

"We are reviewing CCTV footage from the custody suite and body-worn video.

"Police officers and staff who had contact with the man or witnessed his detention have provided us with their initial accounts of the incident - and investigators have contacted the man's family to explain our role."

The coroner has been informed about the incident and a post-mortem examination is due to take place over the weekend.

IOPC regional director Derrick Campbell said: "Our sympathies are with the man's family and everyone else affected by his death.

"Our inquiries are at an early stage and we will be carrying out a thorough investigation into the events of Sunday."