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The Northumbria police and crime commissioner, Vera Baird, has promised to take 'necessary action' after a man died in police custody.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation after a 43-year-old man died whilst in custody at Washington police station.
The man is the second to die in a Northumbria Police cell this week, after the death of a 34-year-old at South Shields station.
A 43-year-old man has died, whilst in police custody, in Washington.
Police arrested the man at his home in Houghton on Thursday, after he failed to appear at Gateshead Magistrates' Court accused of possessing an offensive weapon.
The man was seen by doctors whilst in custody before he was taken to hospital where he died.
The incident has been reported to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Northumbria Police is fully co-operating with their investigation.