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Family 'distressed' after man held by police died

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Image caption Sheku Bayoh died in police custody on Sunday

Relatives of a man who died after being detained by police in Fife are said to be "extremely distressed" by his death.

Sheku Bayoh, 31, died in custody following an incident in Kirkcaldy on Sunday. A female police officer was also injured.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, who is leading an inquiry, has appealed for witnesses.

Aamer Anwar, solicitor for Mr Bayoh's family, said they had "the right to know the truth".

A statement released by Mr Anwar said: "At the age of 31 he leaves behind two young children, his partner Collette and a heartbroken family."

The lawyer said the family would be meeting with the authorities in the days ahead.

Earlier the PIRC issued an appeal for anyone who was in Hayfield Road, near Hendry Road, in Kirkcaldy, between 07:00 and 08:00 on Sunday to come forward if they had any information.

The PIRC will submit its finding to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

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