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James Bell died while in police custody in Fife

James Bell
Image caption James Bell, from Cowdenbeath, died while in police custody

A man who died while in custody in a cell at a Fife police station has been named as James Bell.

Mr Bell, 31, from Cowdenbeath, was found unconscious in Dunfermline police station on Sunday at about 1900 BST.

Fife Constabulary said he was given medical help before he was taken to Queen Margaret Hospital where he died a short time later.

Fife Constabulary said, at its request, Lothian and Borders Police was conducting an investigation.

Det Ch Insp Willie Guild, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "While inquiries are at an early stage, I am keen to fully establish Mr Bell's movements from Friday 3 June until he was brought into custody on the morning of Sunday 5 June 2011.

"As part of the ongoing investigation family liaison officers from Lothian and Borders Police are working with the relatives of Mr Bell."

A spokesman for Fife Constabulary said: "It would be inappropriate for Fife Constabulary to comment on this case while there is an independent inquiry by Lothian and Borders Police ongoing."

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