Police suspect dies after arrest

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AN INVESTIGATION is under way after a man arrested by police in Bury St Edmunds, fell ill while in custody and died a few day later.

Robert Edwards, who was 55 and from Horringer Road, Bury, died at West Suffolk Hospital last Wednesday evening. He had been arrested on suspicion of assault five days earlier following reports at about 8pm of a domestic disturbance in Bury.

Mr Edwards was taken into the cells and was examined by a healthcare professional who found no injuries.

But he later became unconscious in his cell and was taken to to hospital shortly before 2am on Saturday, May 21.

An inquest into his death will now be heard while Suffolk Police have referred the matter on to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate.

“With an IPCC independent investigation under way, we cannot comment further,” said a Suffolk Police spokesman.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “Investigators have attended the police station at Bury to begin gathering evidence and to review CCTV footage from the custody suite.

“The family of Mr Edwards, have been informed of the IPCC’s involvement.”

IPCC Commissioner Sarah Green said: “My sympathies go out to the friends and family of Mr Edwards at this time.

“We will examine the circumstances of his arrest, the initial risk assessment when Mr Edwards was first brought into custody, and the care he received whilst in custody.”