We are independently investigating the death in custody of a 35-year-old man following his arrest at an address in Nottingham.
The man, who was being recalled to prison, was taken by Nottinghamshire Police to the Bridewell custody centre just before 9am on Tuesday 29 December.
He was transferred to HMP Nottingham later that morning but was subsequently found unresponsive in a holding cell there. Despite efforts to save him death was pronounced shortly before 3.15pm.
Following a mandatory referral from Nottinghamshire Police we began an investigation into their contact with the man prior to him being transferred to prison. Initial accounts have been provided by police officers and staff. CCTV footage from the custody centre has being gathered for review.
HM Coroner has been informed and a post-mortem examination carried out. A date has yet to be fixed for the opening of the inquest.
IOPC Regional Director Derrick Campbell said: “We have made contact with the man’s next of kin to explain our role and my thoughts remain with them and all those affected by his death.
“As this man sadly died shortly after he had been in police custody it is important we carry out an independent investigation into all the circumstances. Our investigation will look at the actions and decisions of officers and staff while the man was in their detention and the welfare checks that were made on him during that period.”