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Pepper spray inquest

A coroner's jury has begun its third day of deliberations in the inquest of a young man who died in police custody shortly after being pepper sprayed

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Coroner criticises police over custody death

A coroner has criticised Cheshire police over the death of a man in custody who'd been pepper sprayed.

The inquest jury found failings by officers may have lead to Jacob Michael's death.

He'd had been taking cocaine when he dialed 999 and asked for help - saying someone had pulled a gun on him.

But less than 45 minutes later he was dead on the floor of a police station.

The coroner is calling on Cheshire's Chief Constable to change the way arrests are handled saying there are 'serious gaps' in some officer's training.

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