Police watchdog launches probe into death of pensioner who fell ill after he was handcuffed during ‘malicious communications’ arrest
- Police arrested a pensioner in his 70s on Monday in Bethnal Green, east London
- He was detained by police at 11am on suspicion of malicious communications
- After being handcuffed, the man fell ill and died in hospital at around 1pm today
- The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating the man’s death
A pensioner has died after he was arrested by the Metropolitan Police.
Officers went to a home in Gibraltar Walk, Bethnal Green, east London, at around 11am on Monday and detained the man, who was in his 70s, on suspicion of malicious communications.
After being handcuffed he fell ill and was taken to hospital where he died just after 1pm, the Independent Office for Police Conduct said.
Police arrested a man in Gibraltar Walk, Bethnal Green at 11am today. The man, who is in his 70s, collapsed while handcuffed and died later in hospital
The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating the death of a man in Bethnal Green today who was arrested at his home on suspicion of malicious communications
The watchdog is examining body-worn video and initial statements from the officers involved.
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IOPC regional director for London Jonathan Green said: “Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time as well as those affected by the incident.
“Our investigation is at a very early stage and as part of our thorough and independent investigation, we will be carefully reviewing all body-worn video footage and speaking to witnesses to establish exactly what happened.”
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