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'No evidence of misconduct' after Gatwick death

An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into the death of a man at Gatwick airport has found no evidence of misconduct, after police used a taser gun to restrain him. The investigation found that Sussex Police officers acted appropriately by restraining Ernestas Anikinas.

Officers approached him as he was self inflicting neck injuries. Two officers used Tasers on Mr Anikinas which made him drop a broken bottle. He was restrained and officers administered first aid. Paramedics arrived but Mr Anikinas was pronounced dead at 4.20am.

The IPCC investigation, which concluded in August 2012, found no evidence of any criminal or misconduct offences but publication of the findings has awaited the inquest. On Wednesday, 10 April, an inquest jury at Horsham Coroner’s Court returned a verdict that Mr Anikinas took his own life.