Custody death inquiry complete

INVESTIGATORS announced today they had finished their inquiries into the death of a Felixstowe man in police custody and no prosecutions would be brought against officers involved in the incident.

By Richard Cornwell

INVESTIGATORS announced today they had finished their inquiries into the death of a Felixstowe man in police custody and no prosecutions would be brought against officers involved in the incident.

Ian Snelling, 51, of Manwick Road, collapsed and died in a cell at the town's police station on September 1 last year.

Two hours earlier he had been arrested at the VK1 off licence in Undercliff Road West on suspicion of theft.


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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which managed the inquiry, said following discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) during the course of the investigation, the CPS confirmed there will be no criminal charges brought against any member of Suffolk Constabulary.

IPCC Commissioner Len Jackson said: “Our investigation has now concluded and a full copy of the final report has been submitted to the coroner in support of the upcoming inquest into the death of Mr Snelling.

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“I have met again with Mr Snelling's family to advise them of the next stages of this investigation.

“At the conclusion of the inquest I will make known the full findings of this investigation. I will also be discussing what learning issues there are for Suffolk Constabulary to consider and how these will be implemented.”

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