York & North Yorkshire

IPCC probe into woman's death in police custody in York

A 31-year-old woman has died in custody in York, prompting an investigation by the police watchdog.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the woman, whose name has not yet been released, was detained under the Mental Health Act.

She was taken to Fulford Road police station on Thursday at 1500 BST and found collapsed in her cell at about 1800 BST.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said they were co-operating fully.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Friday was inconclusive, so further tests will be performed.

'Behaving strangely'

The IPCC said the woman had been stopped in the Bootham area of York after concerns were raised with officers about her behaviour.

The watchdog said it would examine the circumstances of the woman's detention, her transportation to the station and the care she received while in custody.

IPCC commissioner Nicholas Long said: "I would urge anybody who was on Bootham on Thursday afternoon and saw a woman behaving strangely, or being detained by police, to contact the IPCC to help inform our investigation."

A police spokesman said: "While this independent investigation is ongoing it would not be appropriate for North Yorkshire Police to comment further other than to extend our deepest sympathy to the woman's loved ones at this very difficult time."

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