Death of man in Derbyshire police cell to be investigated

The police watchdog is investigating after a man was found dead in a cell at a station in Derbyshire.

The man, who was in his 50s, had been arrested on Wednesday afternoon in the Peak District and taken to the custody unit at Buxton police station. But during a routine check at 2am on Thursday he was found to be unresponsive. Paramedics tried to save him but he was pronounced dead 40 minutes later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was contacted and investigators have gathered CCTV footage and interviewed police officers and staff. The man’s next-of-kin have also been informed and a postmortem examination will take place.

The IPCC’s commissioner, Derrick Campbell, said: “Our sympathies are with the man’s family and anyone else affected by his death. Our inquiries are obviously at a very early stage and we will be carrying out a very thorough investigation of all the circumstances.”