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Police watchdog inquiry into pensioner death case

The police watchdog is to investigate whether officers could have done more to help a dying pensioner.

Jean Dennis, 83, was found behind the door of his flat in Brent, north London, when police forced their way inside.

He was taken to hospital, where he died about seven hours later on 20 November.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said police had visited the flat several times the previous day but did not go inside.

Appropriate action

They were alerted by Brent social services staff after the pensioner had not answered his door for two days.

Deborah Glass, of the IPCC, said: "Our independent investigation is now examining the response of the officers to see if they took appropriate action when visiting the property and carrying out the checks."

A Brent Council spokeswoman said: "There will be a multi-agency safeguarding investigation, led by Brent Council, to establish if there were any wider implications we should be aware of."

An inquest has been opened and adjourned. A post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are taking place.

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