IPCC investigate a custody 'near miss' in Swansea

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are investigating an incident in which a 30-year-old man from Sketty was found collapsed in a Swansea police cell on July 10th.

It is alleged that a custody staff member from a private contractor firm had confirmed that he had checked the cell on custody records, but CCTV does not show this visit.

South Wales Police have referred the case to the IPCC.

Fortunately, this man was found in time and has now recovered. Medical staff had advised that this particular man was to be visited at 30-minute intervals because of concerns about his health. There has been a lot of work and policies aimed at making detention safer and our investigation will examine what happened in this case and what specific training custody staff are given.

– Tom Davies, IPCC Commissioner for Wales