IPCC investigating Belper man’s death in custody

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation after a Belper man died in police custody.

Paul Jones, 37, was taken into custody on June 26 and taken to Chesterfield police station. After becoming unwell, he was transferred to hospital, where he sadly died.

IPCC investigators were immediately deployed to the scene, have retrieved CCTV from the custody suite, and initial accounts from officers and staff on duty have been gathered.

The IPCC investigation will focus on how Mr Jones was dealt with while in custody and whether all appropriate steps were taken to care for him.

IPCC Commissioner, James Dipple-Johnstone, said: “We have met Mr Jones’ family to explain our role and how the investigation will progress, and I offer them my sincere condolences at this difficult time.”

An inquest into Mr Jones’ death was opened and adjourned on July 7.