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IPCC publish statistics on deaths during or following police contact in England & Wales 2013/14

The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) has published their statistical analysis on deaths during and following police contact which occurred between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014 where 11 people died in or following policy custody.  All were men between 31 and 70.  Four people were identified as having mental health concerns. This includes deaths of two men in police custody who had been detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act. Eight people were known to have a link to alcohol or drugs and in three of the cases a pathologist stated that alcohol or drug toxicity was a factor in the cause of death. Cause of death information was available from pathologists' reports following post-mortem in six of the 11 cases.   Over the ten year reporting period covered in the IPCC publication, five people were known to have died by suicide in a police cell - the most recent of which occurred in 2008/09.   For full details. please visit the IPCC website here.  

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