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Witness appeal after man who was arrested died.

Byline: KATRINA CHILVER News Reporter news@trinitymirror.com

THE family of a man who died in hospital nine days after being arrested in Nuneaton have urged any witnesses to contact the police watchdog.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Darren Cumberbatch, who was initially arrested after an incident in the early hours of Monday July 10.

Mr Cumberbatch was detained in Edward Street, Nuneaton, and later taken to the town's George Eliot Hospital, where he was admitted and de-arrested amid concern for his welfare.

Warwickshire Police have said Mr Cumberbatch's condition deteriorated on July 11 and he was transferred to an intensive care unit, where he died on Wednesday.

In a statement, the 32-year-old's family said: "We are depending on the IPCC to conduct a robust investigation of what happened to Darren.

"We ask anyone who can give any information about Darren's contact with the police on 9 and 10 July 2017 to contact the IPCC urgently.

"In the meantime we hope the media will avoid speculation as to what happened to Darren and let the investigation take its course. We ask that the family is left alone in privacy to grieve."

Warwickshire Police said a referral had been made to the IPCC under procedures governing death following police contact. The force said in a statement: "We are very saddened to hear of the death of this man and our deepest sympathies go out to his family. We will provide our full support to the IPCC.

"Warwickshire Police is unable to comment further at this time and will be assisting the IPCC."

Guido Liguori, for the IPCC, has released a statement calling for witnesses to come forward. The IPCC says that its investigators have seen Warwickshire Police records that indicate police were called to attend a residence in Edward Street.

They arrived in the early hours of Monday, July 10 and the IPCC understands that shortly after their arrival Mr Cumberbatch was taken to a nearby hospital.

Mr Liguori said: "On Wednesday 19 July, the IPCC was informed by Warwickshire Police that Darren Cumberbatch, whom the police had contact with some days earlier, had died in hospital. We know that he became unwell while the police were on the premises and he was then transported to a local hospital. We are independently investigating the circumstances of Mr Cumberbatch's death and the contact the police had with him.

"Our investigators have spoken with independent witnesses and we are currently obtaining and reviewing evidence such as CCTV from the premises. We are also looking to secure CCTV from the George Eliot Hospital where Mr Cumberbatch was taken.

"We are in contact with Darren Cumberbatch's family and we have expressed our condolences and explained our role. Our thoughts remain with them and all of those affected by his death at this time."

Witnesses are asked to contact IPCC investigators on 0800 096 9076 or by email at Edward_ street_nuneaton@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk

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