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Crown order probe after Anthony Storrie's death in custody

Scotland's independent police commissioner has been ordered to mount an investigation into the death of a man in custody last weekend.

The probe has been ordered by the Crown Office after Anthony Storrie, 25, died following his arrest in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 30 June.

It will be carried out by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).

The investigation covers all the circumstances of Mr Storrie's death.

This includes his contact with police officers prior to his death. The PIRC has now appealed for witnesses to the arrest to come forward.

Mr Storrie was in police custody on 29 June and taken immediately to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley after concerns were raised about his wellbeing.

He died later in the hospital.

The PIRC has now issued an appeal for anyone who was in Townhead Terrace, Paisley, at about 21:30 on Saturday 29 June and who may have observed the arrest of Mr Storrie to contact them as soon as possible.

Post mortem

The Commissioner's spokeswoman said: "The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has instructed the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) to carry out an independent investigation into the circumstances leading up to his death.

"A report into the findings of the investigation will be submitted in due course to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. As this is a live investigation, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time."

A post-mortem examination has been ordered to establish the exact cause of death.

When the single Police Service of Scotland was formed on 1 April, the remit of the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland (PCCS) was expanded to include investigations into the most serious incidents involving the police.

To mark this change, the PCCS was renamed the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).

As a matter of routine it is tasked with independently investigating all deaths in custody.

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