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Woman found dead in Tonbridge police station

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Original article from Kent Live

The police watchdog is investigating after a woman died while in police custody.

The woman, aged 43, was arrested in Tunbridge Wells by Kent Police just before 8pm last Friday (July 23) and was taken to Tonbridge Police station.

At around 1pm the next day the woman appeared to be having trouble breathing and was found unresponsive in her cell.

Paramedics were called and despite efforts to save her, she was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Following a mandatory referral from Kent Police the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) sent investigators to the post incident procedures, where those officers involved provided their initial accounts, and to the custody suite.

IOPC Regional Director Graham Beesley said: “My thoughts are with the woman’s next of kin and all those affected by her death. We have made contact with her next of kin and explained our role to them.

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"It is important we fulfil our role to carry out an independent investigation into all the circumstances surrounding her contact with the police.

"We will examine all the actions and decisions of officers and staff involved in her detention including viewing custody records and CCTV as well as the welfare checks that were made on her during that period.

"Our investigation is in its very early stages.”

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "Kent Police made a mandatory referral to the IOPC following the death of a woman in custody on Saturday, July 24.

"South East Coast Ambulance Service was called to Tonbridge Police Station shortly before 1pm after the woman, who was in her 40s, was found unresponsive in her cell during a routine welfare check.
"She was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Investigators from the IOPC attended the police station and have commenced an independent investigation into the circumstances."

The coroner has been informed and a post-mortem examination took place on Sunday (25 July) – the outcome of which was inconclusive pending further tests.

A date has yet to be fixed for the opening of an inquest.

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