A police watchdog is investigating after a man died in hospital shortly after officers searched him for drugs.

The man, who was riding a mobility scooter, was stopped by an officer in Lancashire on March 24 and fell ill at the scene.

Peter Howieson, 52, was approached and spoken to by a police officeron Higher Church Street in Blackburn at around 10.30am, according tothe Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

He was stopped on suspicion of drugs offences and searched.

Mr Howieson was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital by ambulance but wassadly pronounced dead later that day.

Lancashire Police alerted the IOPC to the incident, which is standardpractice when a death involves police contact, on the same morning andan investigation has been launched.

Initial accounts from the police constable involved and two securityguards who were present have been gained.

IOPC regional director Amanda Rowe said: “I send my condolences to MrHowieson’s family and everyone affected by this sad event.

"In circumstances where a man has died soon after being detained by apolice officer it is appropriate that we thoroughly investigate toestablish what happened.

“We are keen that anyone who saw what happened on Higher Church Streetthat morning comes forward.”