Somerset

'No blame' over Somerset man's death

Police officers "acted appropriately" when they visited a Somerset man who later died, an investigation has found.

Timothy O'Shea's body was discovered at his home in Rockwell Green, Wellington.

Two Avon and Somerset PCSOs had attended the 61-year-old's home the previous day after a neighbour expressed concern for his welfare.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said Mr O'Shea had assured the officers he was fine and there were no indications for concern.

'Upset mind'

Mr O'Shea's body was found on 16 August 2010.

IPCC commissioner Rebecca Marsh said: "My condolences go to Mr O'Shea's family and friends for their loss.

"Our investigation found that the two PCSOs who spoke to Mr O'Shea acted properly. They also took the initiative to speak to a neighbour of Mr O'Shea to obtain further information.

"This was a sad death but the two officers did all that was expected of them."

An inquest into his death recorded a verdict that he had taken his own life while "the balance of his mind was upset".

The IPCC announced its findings after the inquest, which was held at the municipal building in Taunton on Tuesday.

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