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By Lynn Curwin     Jun 4, 2011 in Crime
A 31-year-old woman in the UK, who was detained under the Mental Health Act, died while in police custody on Thursday, and an investigation is now taking place.
She was taken to Fulford Road police station on Thursday, around 3 pm, after concerns were raised about her behaviour, and was found collapsed in her cell about three hours later.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is now investigating
”The IPCC will examine the circumstances of her detention, her transportation to the station and the care she received while in custody," the York Press quoted an IPCC spokeswoman as saying.
The North Yorkshire Police released a statement saying: "While this independent investigation is ongoing it would not be appropriate for North Yorkshire Police to comment further other than to extend our deepest sympathy to the woman's loved ones at this very difficult time."
In May, a 55-year-old man died after collapsing in a police cell.
The East Anglian Daily Times reported that Robert Edwards, of Bury St Edmunds, was examined by a healthcare professional at the police station after being arrested on suspicion of assault on the evening of May 20. He was found to be fit to remain in custody, but shortly before 2 am he was taken to hospital by paramedics after falling unconscious in a police cell. He died in hospital on May 25.
A woman who said she was his sister, but did not wish to be identified, told the EADT that Edwards was known to policefor his drug and alcohol dependency problems.
The IPCC is investigating this case, as well as one where a 67-year-old man collapsed at a train station shortly after talking to police officers, and died 10 days later.
On May 12, British Transport Police were called after John Patrick Freeman arrived on a train, because he appeared to be drunk.
The Star reported that officers helped him off the train and then left him on a bench. Shortly after, Freeman went to buy a ticket, but fell. He was taken to hospital by ambulance, but died 10 days later.
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