Hastings burglary suspect's injury 'not due to police'

A burglary suspect who began bleeding heavily while in police custody was not injured because of his contact with officers, an investigation has found.

The 42-year-old man was taken to Hastings police station in East Sussex on 20 February for questioning.

He began bleeding from his groin as he was taken to a cell and was given first aid before being taken to hospital.

Sussex Police's professional standards department said officers may have saved his life through their prompt action.

The man has since been discharged from hospital and is due to answer bail on 4 April.

'Quick thinking'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission was notified of the incident and decided an investigation should be run by the force's professional standards department.

Det Insp Nick Wainwright, of the department, said the "quick thinking" of police officers helped reduce the amount of blood the man was losing until he could be returned to hospital for treatment.

"Their decisiveness may have saved his life," he said.

The man, of no fixed address, was originally arrested on the morning of 18 February after he was seen in the gardens of homes in Grange Road, Hastings.

Officers were made aware the man had a previous medical condition so he was taken to hospital to be assessed.

On the morning of 20 February he was assessed by staff at the Conquest Hospital as being fit for release and he was then taken to Hastings police station.

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