The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is appealing for witnesses to come forward to assist with its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 19-year-old man in Chandlers Ford.
Hampshire Constabulary referred the matter to the IPCC after officers were requested by the ambulance service to attend an address in Heathfield Road, at its junction with Nichol Road, to assist with a young man who was behaving violently and had become unwell.
The man was taken by ambulance to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester where he died later the same day.
Investigators are appealing to anyone who was in the vicinity of Heathfield Road and Nichol Road, in Chandlers Ford, between 6.30am and 7.30am on Wednesday, 27 June, to come forward.
The independent investigation is looking at the circumstances surrounding police involvement with the deceased, including restraint techniques used, from the point officers arrived at the address on Wednesday, 27 June.
Commissioner Mike Franklin said:
“Our investigation is at an early stage and we need to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time officers attended the address and assisted ambulance staff with the man.
“We have a family liaison manager working with the man’s family and our role and how the investigation will proceed has been explained to them.
“In order to assist us in obtaining answers for this young man’s family I urge anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident to come forward.”
The IPCC has established a dedicated witness appeal email address and telephone number for anyone who has information regarding the incident. If you can help please email email@example.com or call freephone 0800 096 9076.
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