Investigation after man dies in police custody after officers use CS spray in arrest
Saturday 7th July 2018 14:33 Ashton News Oldham Tameside Posted by Nigel Skinner

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have launched an investigation after a man died in custody following an arrest made at a property in Oldham.

Police were called to reports of a domestic disturbance on Seventh Avenue in Oldham last night (Friday) at around 11.35pm.

They arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of causing a breach of the peace and used CS spray to detain him.

The man was then placed in the back of a police van and taken to Ashton Police Station.

However, on arrival he was found to be unresponsive in the back of the van.

He was then taken to hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.

His family are receiving support from specially trained officers.

A referral has been made by the GMP Professional Standards Branch, to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), who have decided to launch an independent investigation.

Chief Superintendent Neil Evans, GMP’s Territorial Commander for Oldham & Tameside, said: “Last night we received a report of a domestic disturbance at a property in Oldham.

“Local officers swiftly responded to the incident and arrested a man on suspicion of breach of the peace. During the arrest attempt, the officers deployed CS spray before putting him in the back of a van.

“On arrival at Ashton Police Station, the man was found to be unresponsive and he was taken to hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.

“We have since been providing his family with support from specially trained officers at this difficult time.

“We have made a mandatory referral to the IOPC who are independently investigating and we will continue to co-operate with them fully.”