IPCC launch investigation after patient restrained by police dies
originally by: Mail Online
published: 29th December 2011
Police watchdogs are to investigate the death of a hospital patient who died less than one hour after he was restrained by officers, it has been claimed. The inpatient – a 57-year-old man – was found unresponsive on a ward at Wexham Park Hospital following the attendance of the police officers who were called to a disturbance.
According to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, medics had been forced to call for police help as the hospital’s own security staff struggled to deal with the man.
Two officers, who were already at the hospital in Slough, Berkshire, raced to the ward and restrained the man in the early hours of the morning. However, he was found dead at the hospital less than an hour after the ‘disturbance’.
A post mortem examination has taken place on the dead man’s body but the Independent Police Complaints Commission has not revealed the findings.
A spokesman for the IPCC said: ‘Thames Valley Police were called to assist hospital security staff with a disturbance involving an in-patient on a ward at Wexham Park Hospital on the December 27 at around 3am.
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