Investigation after death at Leeds City station

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POLICE watchdogs are investigating after a man collapsed at Leeds rail station and later died.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) want to speak to anyone who witnessed how British Transport Police officers dealt with John Freeman, 67, who collapsed in the city centre station at 9.30pm on May 22.

Staff on the 7.06pm Sheffield to Leeds train had earlier asked British Transport Police for help dealing with passenger Mr Freeman, who was drunk.

Officers helped him from the train when it arrived at Leeds. They stayed with him before leaving him sat on a bench in the station concourse. Shortly after officers left Mr Freeman he went to buy a ticket, but fell and died later in hospital. IPCC Commissioner Tom Davies said: “We will be looking at the way officers dealt with Mr Freeman during the time they were with him and whether their actions were reasonable given the circumstances.”

The IPCC can be contacted on 0800 096 9070 or via email: leedsstationappeal@ipcc.gov.uk

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