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IPCC to investigate fall death man from Bristol building

Rawnsley House in Easton, Bristol Image copyright Google
Image caption The man, who has not been formally identified, died on Tuesday after falling from Rawnsley House in Easton

The death of man who fell from a tower block shortly after speaking to an officer is being investigated by the police watchdog.

The man, who has not been named, died on Tuesday after falling from Rawnsley House in Easton, Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Police said an officer had spoken with the man and walked with him back to his flat after concerns were raised about his welfare.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating.

A force spokesman said it had made a "mandatory referral" to the IPCC because there had been police contact prior to the man's death.

'Tragic incident'

"This was a tragic incident and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family," he said.

"They [IPCC] have launched an independent investigation and we are cooperating with them fully to establish and understand the events that led to this tragic incident."

The IPCC said investigators were reviewing CCTV, conducting house to house enquires and speaking to witnesses.

IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts, said: "An independent investigation is now under way to establish the nature of the contact police had with the man before his death."

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