Sussex

Police officers suspended over St Leonard woman's death

Two Sussex Police officers have been suspended after a woman who collapsed at a Brighton hotel later died in hospital.

Clare Cruttenden, from St Leonards, had been reported as a high-risk missing person by police on 18 February.

On the following day officers were called when she collapsed at the hotel. She died on 20 February.

The force has apologised to Ms Cruttenden's family for the way she was treated by police officers.

Officers had also visited 30-year-old Ms Cruttenden at her home on 17 February following an aggravated burglary, a Sussex Police spokesman said.

The force's professional standards department has been asked to investigate the officers' actions.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it will supervise an investigation into the contact between Ms Cruttenden and police, which will be carried out by Sussex Police.

Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney has visited Ms Cruttenden's family and offered a personal apology for the way she was treated by the police, a force spokesman said.

An inquest into Ms Cruttenden's death has been opened and adjourned.

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