Apr 24, 2013
24 April 2013
The death of a 31-year-old man who died following his arrest by Derbyshire police is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Police say David Stokes, from Birmingham, was in a car travelling towards Chesterfield that was stopped by police near the A617 at about 12.40pm on Friday 19, April.
The force has told the IPCC that the car was stopped close to the junction of Calow Lane, Cock Alley and Hallflash Lane as part of a pre-planned operation and that Mr Stokes was arrested at the scene. According to early police accounts, he became unwell as he was being taken to Chesterfield police station.
Officers say they diverted to Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital arriving at 1.04pm. Mr Stokes was pronounced dead at 1.37pm.
The incident was referred by Derbyshire police to the IPCC and an investigator was sent to the scene. Following an assessment of the referral, an independent IPCC investigation was launched at 8.40pm on Friday.
IPCC staff have met with members of Mr Stokes’ family to explain our role and a further meeting between the IPCC Commissioner who will oversee the investigation, James Dipple-Johnstone, and the family is being arranged.
The police van Mr Stokes was travelling in has been seized for forensic examination and CCTV footage from other police vehicles obtained.
A post mortem was conducted on Saturday evening but a cause of death was not established. Further tests are now being carried out.
IPCC Commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone said: “I would like to extend my sympathies to Mr Stokes’ family and to assure them that the full circumstances surrounding the contact he had with police on Friday, 19 April, will be investigated fully.”
The IPCC, which is independent of the police, would like to speak to anyone who saw police stop the car or the arrest of Mr Stokes. Anyone with information is urged to telephone the IPCC on 0800 096 9070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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