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Complaints Commission probes police action after suspect’s death

PUBLISHED: 11:57 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

AN INVESTIGATION has been started into the actions of Metropolitan Police officers following the death of a 45-year-old man from East London. The officers were called to an incident in Hale End Road in Woodford in the early hours of October 20 where they attempted to arrest a suspect who then became ill. Officers gave emergency medical care and called for an ambulance. The man was taken to hospital, where he subsequently died yesterday (Thursday).

AN INVESTIGATION has been started into the actions of Metropolitan Police officers following the death of a 45-year-old man from East London.

The officers were called to an incident in Hale End Road in Woodford in the early hours of October 20 where they attempted to arrest a suspect.

The man became ill and the officers gave emergency medical care and called for an ambulance.

He was transferred to Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, where he subsequently died yesterday (Thursday).

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission which has determined that an investigation be carried out.

Complaints Commissioner Gary Garland said last night: "Our investigation will seek to establish what actions were taken by officers at the incident in Hale End Road-and whether these were in line with Met Police force policy and procedure."

The Commission has overall responsibility for complaints with the task of increasing public confidence and make investigations more open, timely, proportionate and fair. It has used its powers since 2004 to begin 264 independent and 663 managed investigations into the most serious complaints against police and other agencies.

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The public can contact the IPCC on 08453-002002.

Its website is: www.ipcc.gov.uk


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