Revealed: Number of deaths in police custody in West Midlands and Warwickshire

West Midlands Police HQ
West Midlands Police HQ

source: Coventry Telegraph
published: 27 July 2017

A total of 17 people died after coming into contact with the police in the West Midlands and Warwickshire over the last year.

The figures have been revealed in the aftermath of the death of Coventry man Darren Cumberbatch, which is now being investigated by Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

And it is figures from the IPCC that show 16 people died following contact with officers in the West Midlands between April 2016 and March 2017, and one in Warwickshire.

The West Midlands deaths included one where the injuries that contributed happened during the period of detention or on the way to the hospital, two deaths in road traffic accidents and four apparent suicides following custody.The single death in Warwickshire over that time was the result of a traffic collision.

Mr Cumberbatch, who was nicknamed the Fresh Prince of Bell Green, was arrested at a bail hostel in Edward Street, Nuneaton, on July 10. He was later taken to George Eliot Hospital where he was put into a coma by medics. He died on Wednesday, July 19.

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