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Billy Salton death after court transfer investigated

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will investigate how a man died after being transferred from a police station to a court.

Billy Salton died on 9 July, three days after collapsing at Stockport Magistrates Court, Greater Manchester.

The 19-year-old had received treatment from medical staff at Cheadle Heath police station before being moved.

The IPCC's Naseem Malik said the investigation would "strive to provide answers about what happened".

Mr Salton handed himself into the police station voluntarily following a breach of bail conditions at about 01:00 BST on 5 July. He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Collapsed in cell

An IPCC spokesman said: "Due to Mr Salton having epilepsy, he was visited on three occasions by medical staff while in custody at Cheadle Heath.

"It is recorded that while in custody he was given medication on two occasions - once by a nurse on 5 July and again on 6 July by a custody detention officer."

He added Mr Salton had been transferred to Stockport Magistrates Court at about 10:00 BST on 6 July but was found collapsed in his cell at 12:20 BST.

Mr Salton died in Stepping Hill Hospital on 9 July. A post mortem examination was carried out and the results of toxicology tests are still outstanding.

The spokesman said the case had been referred to the IPCC by Greater Manchester Police and the investigation would "examine all aspects of Mr Salton's period in custody including his transfer to court and his time in the court building".

Mr Malik said he had met with Mr Salton's family at what was "obviously a very difficult time for them".

"Our investigation will strive to provide answers about what happened to Mr Salton," he said.

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