Coventry & Warwickshire

Suspect 'not mistreated' by officers IPCC finds

A suspected thief who collapsed and died was not mistreated by officers who detained him, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has found.

Robert Grimsley, 34, was arrested in the Pennington Mews area of Rugby on 20 July 2014 after officers received reports of a man allegedly stealing lead from a roof.

He died at University Hospital Coventry that evening after becoming unwell.

The IPCC said the Warwickshire Police officers had "acted appropriately".

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Its investigation said evidence from the officers, paramedics, witnesses to the arrest, and a post-mortem examination, indicated Mr Grimsley suffered a cardiac arrest soon after being arrested.

An inquest into the death recorded a narrative verdict, giving cardiac failure as the cause of death.

IPCC commissioner Derrick Campbell said there was "no indication of misconduct" by police officers.

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