Police watchdog investigating after man dies in custody in Bexleyheath

PUBLISHED: 14:45 19 September 2018

Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

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The independent police watchdog has launched an investigation after a man in his 30s died while being detained by police in Bexleyheath on Monday night (September 17).

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been made aware of the incident – which occurred after Metropolitan Police officers were called to reports of a disturbance in Eversley Avenue at 10pm.

Officers discovered the man nearby, and he reportedly became unwell at the scene.

The London Ambulance Service was called and paramedics took him to a south east London hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11.43pm.

His next of kin have been informed.

A mandatory referral to the IOPC was made immediately.

IOPC investigators have since visited the scene of the incident and inquiries are ongoing.

A Met spokesman confirmed the organisation’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been made aware of the incident.

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