Surrey

Terry Smith family devastated over Staines custody death

St Peter's Hospital
Image caption Mr Smith died at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey

The family of a man who died after being held in police custody in Surrey have said they are devastated.

Terry Smith, 33, was detained under the Mental Health Act on 12 November. He died in hospital 24 hours later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is holding a criminal investigation into eight Surrey Police officers and two other staff.

Lawyer for Mr Smith's relatives, Mia Williams, said the family had welcomed the criminal investigation.

She said: "The family are devastated at the loss of Terry, a dearly-loved brother, son and father whose life has been tragically cut short at the age of 33.

"The family are very concerned at how Terry died and are pleased that there is to be a criminal investigation into the actions of the police."

'Arrested and restrained'

The IPCC has said Mr Smith was detained in Stanwell and taken under restraint to Staines Police Station where he was arrested and continued to be restrained.

He became ill and died in St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, about 24 hours after being detained.

On Tuesday, the IPCC said offences including gross negligence manslaughter, misconduct in public office, and/or offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 may have been committed.

Surrey Police said it continued to co-operate fully with the IPCC and the officers and staff had been temporarily removed from operational duties.

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