South East Wales

Aberdare death: Police watchdog launches investigation

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The death of a 43-year-old man in Rhondda Cynon Taff is being investigated by the police watchdog.

He became unwell and died at the scene after being stopped by police in Bute Street, Aberdare, on Thursday at about 14:00 BST.

T​​​​​​he Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is appealing for witnesses.

South Wales Police referred the incident to the IPCC straight away and it sent its investigators to the scene.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, and coroner has been informed.

'Traumatic'

A police officer and police community support officer (PCSO) initially stopped the man, said the IPCC.

When he became ill, an ambulance was called and the man received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with other PCSOs also attending the scene.

IPCC Commissioner for Wales, Jan Williams, said: "The man's family has been made aware of our involvement and I express my sincere condolences to them at this difficult time.

"This was a traumatic event for all involved and we would be grateful for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward."

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