IPCC investigate man blinding himself in Mansfield police cell

Mansfield police station Image copyright Google
Image caption The incident happened at Mansfield police station after the man was arrested in the town

The police watchdog is to investigate the care given to a man in custody who blinded himself in a police cell.

The man was being held at Mansfield station following his arrest in the town in July.

He was then taken to hospital with self-inflicted facial injures that left him blind in one eye.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after a complaint from the man's family.

Derrick Campbell, from the IPCC, said: "This man has suffered life-changing injuries and we will be conducting a thorough investigation to establish whether the contact he had with Nottinghamshire Police was appropriate and the care he received sufficient.

"We will be looking to interview those officers and medical staff involved, and view any CCTV footage available to help our investigation."

Nottinghamshire Police said the force would cooperate fully with the investigation.

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