Peterlee police 'withheld arrested man's medication'

Peterlee police station
Image caption The man claims excessive force was used against him in the cells

An investigation has been launched after a man claimed he was denied medication for a heart complaint while he was in police custody.

The man, from Seaham, who is not being identified, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

He was taken to Peterlee police station, where he also claims excessive force was used.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating after the man made a formal complaint.

The 47-year-old had also been arrested over breaching bail conditions.

IPCC Commissioner, Nicholas Long, said: "Our investigation will examine medical evidence, witness accounts and CCTV footage from the custody suite to determine whether there is any substance to the man's allegations."

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