Plymouth van death police investigated

Crash van
Image caption Two men were in the van when it crashed

The actions of police just before the death of a man in Plymouth are to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Police were called on 22 January after two men were seen "staggering" from a restaurant in Plymouth and getting into a white van.

The van was involved in a crash on the A38 Parkway near Manadon about an hour later. David Perrin, 29, was killed.

The IPCC said it would investigate what officers did after getting the call.

It said that although police resources were deployed, they did not stop the van driving away and it was seeking to find out why.

The second man, who was a passenger in the van which struck a crash barrier, was injured in the crash on the Cornwall-bound carriageway.

Rebecca Marsh, IPCC commissioner for the South West, said: "The IPCC will investigate the actions taken by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary after receiving a report from a concerned member of the public.

"Our investigation will look at the individual actions of those officers who dealt with this report and we will also look at force policies and training."

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was aware an investigation had been launched was co-operating fully with the IPCC.

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