Three Leeds officers face misconduct probe after man’s death in new police custody suite

Three Leeds police officers are facing a misconduct probe after a man died in a cell at the new Elland Road police station.

Friday, 1st August 2014, 11:05 am
The Elland Road police headquarters

Adam Rice, 46, was taken to the custody suite at the city’s new multi-million pound headquarters – opened in April – after his arrest on May 11.

He was found unresponsive when checked in his cell at 7am the following day. Despite attempts to resuscitate him, he was confirmed dead around 45 minutes later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating, has now announced that three officers are facing questions over their conduct leading up to Mr Rice’s death.

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A spokeswoman said: “IPCC investigators have now served a misconduct notice on one police officer, and gross misconduct staff notices on two detention officers advising them that their conduct is subject to investigation.

“Interviews will take place in the near future.”

She added that the results of a post mortem examination carried out on May 13 were inconclusive and investigators are waiting for further medical reports.

The spokeswoman said: “CCTV from the custody suite which was seized after Mr Rice’s death has been examined by IPCC investigators, and a number of witness statements have also been obtained to assist the investigation.”

An inquest was opened and adjourned at Wakefield Coroner’s Court on Thursday, May 22.

West Yorkshire Police declined to comment while the IPCC’s investigation was ongoing.