IPCC probes Witney stab death after police call-out

A police watchdog is investigating after a man fatally stabbed himself in the neck while officers were called to a disturbance in an Oxfordshire street.

Officers attended Greenfields Crescent, near Witney, on Monday morning where they found a 43-year-old armed with a knife who was self-harming.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said police made attempts to disarm the man but he died.

Thames Valley Police said it was offering support to those involved.

Police response

A spokesman for the IPCC said: "At this early stage it is believed that when they arrived officers found a man in the property armed with a knife, who was self-harming.

"They made attempts to disarm him but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else suffered injuries.

"Thames Valley Police referred the matter to the IPCC later the same day and an independent investigation has begun into the police response to the incident."

A police spokeswoman added: "A man in his forties was pronounced dead at the scene and the matter has now been referred to the IPCC for it to carry out an investigation.

"Post-incident procedures are now in place to provide support for all those involved."

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