Leeds & West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police probe after custody man's death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the events around the death of a man who swallowed "unknown substances" while in West Yorkshire Police custody.

On 7 October, Robert Ward, 26, was arrested and taken to Elland Road police station in Leeds, where he swallowed the substances three times.

He was treated in hospital twice and then released on bail on 9 October. He was found unconscious the next day.

Mr Ward died in hospital on 28 October.

The IPCC's Kathryn Stone said: "The IPCC's independent investigation will examine how Mr Ward was able to retain any substances while in custody, how he managed to take them, whether he was sufficiently supervised and if the necessary risk assessments were conducted.

She added the IPCC would not be examining any issues around Mr Ward's arrest and/or any link between him taking any substances and his death.

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