Man dies in police cell

AN investigation has been launched into the death a man who died today while being held in a police cell at Felixstowe.

AN investigation has been launched into the death of a Felixstowe man who died today while being held in a police cell.

The 51-year-old man died this afternoon at Felixstowe police station while waiting to be interviewed by officers.

Suffolk Police said it had launched a “full investigation” into the man's death.

A spokesman for the force said: “The 51-year-old local man was taken to the station in High Road West soon after 11.30am after being arrested at premises in Felixstowe town centre on suspicion of theft.

“He was taken to a police cell to await interview.

“At about 1.15pm officers became concerned for his welfare and paramedics were called but attempts to revive the man failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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“A full investigation is under way and Suffolk police has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

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