IPCC to investigate Tyneside man's death in custody

The death of a man in custody who had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly is being investigated by the police watchdog.

The 34-year-old man was arrested by Northumbria Police and taken to a police station in South Tyneside last night.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said he was booked into custody at 8.25pm last night and was subject to 15 minutes of checks, but was found in his cell not breathing shortly after 10pm.

Paramedics were not able to resuscitate him and pronounced him dead at 11:44pm.

IPCC commissioner Nicholas Long said: "Any death in custody is a very serious matter and we will independently investigate to establish exactly what has happened in this case."