South West Wales

IPCC say police acted properly over Neath man's death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said two officers acted properly when they dealt with a Neath Valley man who later died.

Jeremy Gethin, 43, was driven home after police responded to reports of a drunken man collapsed in the street in November 2010.

However, he later fell outside the property and died after surgery.

The IPCC found the two officers "acted proportionately and sought medical advice" before taking Mr Gethin home.

Two South Wales Police constables attended the scene in Alfred Street, Neath, at about 19:00 GMT on 14 November 2010 following a call about a drunken man collapsed in the street, the IPCC said.

Paramedics were called to deal with a cut to the back of Mr Gethin's head, and decided he did not require hospital treatment.

The police officers drove Mr Gethin to his home in Clyne just before 20:00 GMT, and left.

However, at about 21:00 GMT, the ambulance service contacted police to say Mr Gethin had fallen and banged his head outside his home.

He was taken to Morriston Hospital, Swansea, then transferred to the University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, where he underwent surgery on 15 November, but died on 17 November.

Tom Davies, IPCC Commissioner for Wales, said: "I would like to express my sympathy to Mr Gethin's family and friends for their loss.

"Our investigation found the two officers who helped Mr Gethin had acted properly and took him home after the ambulance service had checked him.

"It was after the police left him that Mr Gethin fell again and hurt his head."

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