A probe has been launched after a 43-year-old man died in police custody today.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed it is investigating the death at Washington Police Station in Northumbria in the early hours of this morning.
The man, who has not been named, had been arrested on a warrant on Thursday for failing to appear at court and was being held in police cells pending a court appearance, the IPCC said.
An IPCC spokesman added:
The available records indicate police officers requested the attendance of a police doctor in the evening on Friday 29 March and an ambulance was called at around 11:30 pm.
The man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead where he was pronounced dead at around 1am today.
His next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will take place later this afternoon. IPCC family liaison managers will meet with the man's family at the earliest opportunity to explain our role and to update them on our investigation.