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Wayne Scott Report: 'I know this will knock public confidence', says Deputy Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal Credit: ITV

I know this will knock public confidence, but I want to reassure the public we absolutely do not tolerate that behaviour within the organisation and we ruthlessly pursue offenders of sexual offences. Whether they are within our organisation or whether they are members of the public in other organisations.

< And down to the dedication of my specially-trained officers and the work of Peter McPhillips in leading that investigation, Wayne Scott is now in prison and that is not something that has been achieved easily and would not have been achieved without the support of the victims.

– Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal

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Man dies in police custody in Newcastle

Forth Banks Police Station, Newcastle Credit: Northumbria Police

A man has died in police custody in Newcastle after being arrested earlier in the day.

The man became ill at Forth Banks Police Station in the city at 3.15pm this afternoon.

He was given medical attention in his cell by paramedics and an ambulance was called but he was pronounced dead at 3.45pm.

The death has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who say they will be carrying out a full investigation.

It comes on the same day the IPCC released their annual statistics on deaths during or following police contact.

In a statement Northumbria Police said:

"This death within our custody is a tragic incident.

"We immediately referred the death to the IPCC for independent investigation, as we would with any death in police custody, and we are assisting them fully.

"Northumbria Police takes its commitment to the welfare of prisoners extremely seriously.

"This death comes on the same day the IPCC released their annual statistics on deaths during or following police contact.

"Northumbria Police's statistics were included in this report and as a force we welcome this in the interests of openness and transparency.

"The public can be assured that Northumbria Police successfully manages the safety and welfare of thousands of prisoners each year.

"However, we do acknowledge this incident may raise concerns on the safety of our custody suites.

"Officers and staff working in the custody environment receive a higher standard of first aid training than regular officers enabling them to provide an effective, immediate response in the event of a medical emergency.

"We can give full reassurance that Forth Banks police station is a new facility with state of the art equipment such as CCTV and has medical provision.

"The IPCC investigation will look into all of these factors and we give them our full cooperation."

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