Man’s death at Gatwick Airport investigated by IPCC
originally by: BBC News
published: 8th February 2012
The death of a man following an incident at Gatwick Airport is being investigated by the police watchdog.
Sussex Police were called to reports of a man acting strangely at a shop in the South Terminal at about 02:50 GMT.
They spoke to the foreign-speaking man via a telephone interpreter before escorting him to the station concourse. [It was reported that] the man then tried to take his own life using a bottle he had broken.
Police tried to restrain him as first aid was given but he died in an ambulance. Investigators from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are examining the circumstances leading up to his death because of the contact officers had.
Ch Supt Paul Morrison, of Sussex Police, said: “This is a traumatic event and Sussex Police is co-operating fully with the IPCC on an investigation, which still in the early stages.
“It was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as police had contact with the man before his death.” He added that the incident was not terrorism-related.
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