Investigation into death of man after arrest by Derbyshire police

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An investigation has been launched into Derbyshire police’s interaction with a man who died following a short period in custody.

The 42-year-old became unwell in the custody suite at around 1.30pm on January 7 after being arrested in following a domestic incident.

The man was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital by ambulance at just before 3pm on January 10 where he died that evening.

A picture of a Derbyshire police car

Watchdogs are investigating Derbyshire police's interaction with a man who died after being arrested

His death is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

A spokesman said: “All deaths and serious injuries in police custody must be referred to us by law.

“Following the referral from Derbyshire Constabulary, our investigators went 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.”

Chesterfield Custody Suite

Chesterfield Custody Suite

A post-mortem examination is due to take place today to determine the cause of death. HM Coroner has also been notified.

Derrick Campbell, IOPC regional director, 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.”

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

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

The man was initially taken ill while in Chesterfield Custody Suite. He had been arrested following an incident in Pleasley.

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