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Police watchdog investigation after man detained by police dies

Rafal Delezuch died in hospital after being detained by police under Section 136 of the Mental Health Credit: IPCC

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is appealing for information, to assist its investigation into the death of a Polish man who died in hospital after being detained by police last month.

The watchdog is asking for people who knew Rafal Delezuch while he lived in Leicester, as well as anyone who witnessed events around the time he was detained on Wednesday 15 August 2012.

Mr Delezuch, who was 26, was known to attend the Anchor Centre on Dover Street. He had previously lived at an address in Mere Road. He is believed to have come to the Leicester area around two years ago.

A post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are being carried out.

Police were called to Devana Road in Highfields on 15 August to reports of a man acting strangely in the street. Mr Delezuch was detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act. During the detention, police used incapacitant spray and restraints.

Mr Delezuch was taken by police van directly to the Leicester Royal Infirmary, due to concerns for his welfare. He died in hospital at around 12.30pm.

A man has died after being arrested by police in Leicester

Police were called to a disturbance on Devana Road in Highfields yesterday morning,.

A man was arrested close to the junction of Glossop Street and Osmaston Road at around 8.30am but he was then taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment.

He died around four hours later.

The exact cause of death is not known at this time and the man has not yet been formally identified.

Leicestershire Police has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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IPCC to investigate student death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed it is investigating the death of a foreign student who was struck by a police car.

Xuan Wei Zhang, who was 24 and from China, was crossing a road in the Newtown area of Birmingham when he was struck by an unmarked BMW police car.

The collision was referred to the police watchdog by West Midlands Police.

The IPCC has viewed onboard CCTV footage from the police car which indicates its audible emergency warning equipment was activated at the time of the incident.

This is very distressing time for all those involved and in particular I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Zhang for their terrible loss. Our independent investigation is underway and we will be examining all the circumstances of this tragic incident. We would be grateful for anyone who witnessed the collision who has not already come forward to contact the IPCC.”

– Rachel Cerfontyne, IPCC Commissioner
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Report into undercover officer

A report into the collapsed prosecution of six protesters accused of trying to shut down a power station has criticised Nottinghamshire police of 'collective failings'.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the sharing and recording of information about an undercover police officer hadn't been well handled.

The IPCC also concluded that the actions of individual officers did NOT amount to police misconduct.

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IPCC report

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Key findings of Ding murder inquiry

  • The police were sent to the wrong address.
  • The call should have had ‘immediate’ rather than ‘priority’ response.
  • Insufficient effort to establish the welfare of the caller.
  • The standard by which police handled the call was unacceptable. IPCC Commissioner Amerdeep Somal said:

" Our investigation has found this particular 999 call was badly mishandled. Northamptonshire Police has reacted constructively to our findings by introducing new procedures in handling abandoned 999 calls in accordance with national guidance and retraining relevant staff."

IPCC report to focus on 999 call made by the family on day they were murdered

Aerial view of the Ding family home after the murders Credit: ITV Central

The report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission examined the handling of a 999 call made from the Ding’s home in Wootton in Northamptonshire on the day they were murdered._

Screams could be heard during the call on the 29th April last year – the same day as the royal wedding – but then the line went dead. The bodies of Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen Chui, aged 47, and their daughters Xing, aged 18, and Alice, aged 12 were discovered 2 days later on the 1st May._

The IPCC has been investigating whether operators missed an opportunity to trace the dropped call. The report due to be published at 2 o’clock this afternoon, is expected to criticise Northamptonshire Police – although the force has since restructured its control room. _

The report will be published along with statement from the Ding’s relatives._

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The main suspect Anxiang Du still is still on the run, and police are working on the theory that’s he’s left the country. They believe the former business partner of Helen Chui, murdered the family following a long running financial dispute._

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