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Inquest opens into death of man who died after being pepper sprayed by police

Jacob Michael died in Runcorn custody suite last year Photo: ITV Granada

A jury has been told they'll hear evidence about how a Widnes man died in police custody after officers used pepper spray on him.

Jacob Michael, 25, died on August 22, 2011, after collapsing at Runcorn Custody Suite.

The inquest, being held in Daresbury, will hear from more than 50 witnesses including police, medics and neighbours.

Cheshire Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg told the jury of eight women and two men they must determine if witnesses are telling the truth.

Mr Rheinberg added: "It will be necessary to look at the possibility of deficiencies in Jacob's care... It may be necessary to determine if any force used was reasonable and lawful."

The jury will see CCTV of the minutes leading up to Mr Michael's death.

Members of his family are also in court to hear the proceedings

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