‘Right and proper that a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion is made’

Man died af­ter be­ing found col­lapsed out­side po­lice sta­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched by the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (IPCC) af­ter a man died out­side Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion.

A 63-year-old man was found ly­ing un­con­scious out­side the po­lice sta­tion in Uxbridge at around 5.30am on Satur­day March 5, hours af­ter he was re­moved by staff on the front desk at 1am.

He later died in hos­pi­tal at around 6.45am.

On Fri­day, March 4 a man aged 63 had at­tended Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion to at­tempt to re­claim his prop­erty, Metropoli­tan Po­lice said.

The man was still there that evening, when staff be­came con­cerned for his wel­fare and called the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (LAS).

Paramedics as­sessed the man at this time and de­cided he did not need to go to hos­pi­tal.

Due to the pre­vi­ous con­tact with po­lice, the Di­rec­torate of Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards was in­formed, and a re­fer­ral made to the IPCC.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Nick Down­ing, bor­ough com­man­der of Hilling­don, said: “It is only right and proper that a full in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion is car­ried out into how we dealt with this man.

“This is im­por­tant for the con­fi­dence of ev­ery­one af­fected, in­clud­ing this man’s fam­ily, com­mu­ni­ties in Lon­don and our po­lice of­fi­cers.

“The IPCC will re­ceive our full sup­port.”

A state­ment from the IPCC said: “The IPCC is in­de­pen­dently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the con­tact be­tween the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice (MPS) and a 63-year-old man prior to his death.

“The man died in hos­pi­tal at ap­prox­i­mately 6.45am on Satur­day March 5 af­ter he had been found un­con­scious out­side Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion in west Lon­don.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which is in its early stages, will ex­am­ine the con­tact be­tween the MPS and the man in the pe­riod prior to his death.”

n IN­VES­TI­GA­TION: The po­lice sta­tion in Uxbridge – a man has died af­ter be­ing found ly­ing un­con­scious out­side the build­ing

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