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Woman dies in police custody in York


1:34pm 3rd June 2011
(Updated 4:41pm 3rd June 2011)

A woman's died after collapsing in police custody in York.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission now investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.

North Yorkshire Police have revealed it happened last night. (Thursday 2nd June 2011)

The woman hasn't been identified yet by North Yorkshire Police.

A spokesman for the force has told Minster FM, "they're cooperating fully with the IPCC investigation."

Officers have extended their "deepest sympathy" to the woman's loved ones at this very difficult time.


IPCC custody investigation - statement

North Yorkshire Police contacted the IPCC on Thursday evening, 2 June 2011, following the death of a woman who had collapsed in custody in York.

The IPCC is independently investigating the death and North Yorkshire Police is co-operating fully. 

While this independent investigation is ongoing it would not be appropriate for North Yorkshire Police to comment further, other than to extend our deepest sympathy to the woman's loved ones at this very difficult time.

All media enquiries about this matter should be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

An IPCC spokesman has told Minster FM:

The IPCC is independently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 31-year-old woman who was in police custody in York.

The woman was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act on Thursday 2 June 2011 in the Bootham area of York after concerns were raised with police regarding her behaviour.

She was taken to Fulford Road Police Station shortly before 3pm but was found collapsed in her cell at around 6pm.

The IPCC will examine the circumstances of her detention, her transportation to the station and the care she received while in custody.

Formal identification has not yet taken place.

A post mortem examination took place this afternoon but was inconclusive and therefore further tests will take place.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact the IPCC on 08453 002 002 or email enquiries@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk.


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