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Police deny dead man was tasered

Ryecroft, Haywards Heath, scene of police incident. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140730-100757001

Ryecroft, Haywards Heath, scene of police incident. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140730-100757001

Sussex Police have denied claims in a national newspaper that a man who died three days after being arrested in Haywards Heath was tasered by officers.

The 32-year-old died in the Princess Royal Hospital just three days after being arrested in Ryecroft on Saturday night (July 26).

On Monday the Independent newspaper published an anonymous interview with members of his family.

In it they said the man, who has not been named, suffered from epilepsy and was suffering a seizure at the time of his arrest - a fact which has not been substantiated by Sussex Police.

An earlier statement from the force did confirm he was restrained before being placed in a police van. However today it vigorously denied an allegation that he was tasered.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “Due to an on-going Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation we are unable to comment on the specifics of the incident in Haywards Heath on July 26.

“However, we are able to confirm that contrary to what the Independent reports.

“Tasers were not fired at the man at any time. Our thoughts and condolences are with the man’s family and friends at this sad time and we are working with the IPCC to establish the facts.”

If the family would like to contact the Middy they can call 01444 419583 or email:nikki.cutler@jpress.co.uk

 

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