Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Police custody death man named as Neil Budziszewski

A man who died in custody after he was found unconscious in a Sheffield police cell has been named by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Neil Budziszewski, 42, was found by custody staff at Ecclesfield police station at about 09:00 BST on 3 May.

Paramedics were called to provide first aid but he was pronounced dead an hour later, police said.

The cause of his death is not yet known and the IPCC said its investigation into the incident was ongoing.

Mr Budziszewski, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of theft on 2 May and was detained overnight. He was due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court the next day.

'Establish the facts'

CCTV footage from the custody suite had been seized by investigators and was being analysed, the IPCC said.

IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: "Our investigators have met with Mr Budziszewski's partner and next of kin and my sympathies go out to them at this difficult time.

"Mr Budziszewski died while being detained by the police and it is important that an independent investigation is conducted to establish the facts.

"Our focus will be on his time in custody and how his welfare and medical needs were addressed, and whether policies and procedures were followed."

Toxicology tests have been carried out and the results are expected in July.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned at Sheffield Coroner's Court on 8 May.

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