A Man In His 30s Has Died At A Police Station In Wiltshire

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Back view of a police officer wearing a bright jacket with the word "POLICE" displayed prominently on the back
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Back view of a police officer wearing a bright jacket with the word "POLICE" displayed prominently on the back

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched an investigation after a man in his 30s died while in custody at Gablecross police station in Swindon, Wiltshire. 

According to police, the man had been in custody since Saturday morning and became unwell on Sunday morning. He was declared dead at around 9am on Sunday.

Superintendent Steve Cox commented: “The man, who had been held in custody since Saturday morning, became unwell this morning and was sadly declared deceased at around 9am. As a result, we have made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) who are now independently investigating. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”

An IPOC spokesperson issued the following statement: “We have begun an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in custody at Gablecross police station in Swindon this morning. We understand that the man had been held in custody over the weekend and became unwell this morning [May 19].

“An ambulance arrived soon after but sadly he was pronounced dead at 9am. We were notified by Wiltshire police shortly after and declared an independent investigation. IOPC investigators have today attended the police post-incident procedures to begin gathering evidence.”

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