Five Sussex Police officers investigated after Haywards Heath death

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

Five Sussex Police officers have been served with gross misconduct notices by the Independent Police Complaints Commission as part of the investigation into the death of a man in Haywards Heath.

The 32-year-old man, who died after being arrested in July 2014, has been named as Duncan Tomlin.

He was a Burgess Hill resident, formerly of Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “Shortly before midnight on July 26, police attended Ryecroft in Haywards Heath following a call from a member of the public.

“They approached Mr Tomlin and during the course of their interaction with him, restrained him, and placed him in a police van with three officers where he became unresponsive.

“Mr Tomlin was removed from the van on South Road in Haywards Heath at 12.10am on July 27.

“He was not breathing, CPR was performed, and he was subsequently transferred by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he died on July 29.”

The IPCC’s investigation is looking at potential gross misconduct matters and five officers, a police sergeant and four police constables, have been served with notices advising their conduct is subject to investigation.

IPCC investigators are examining the actions of officers, including the restraint used on Mr Tomlin.

The IPCC is also examining the referral of the incident to the IPCC and whether there was a significant delay in the police contacting Mr Tomlin’s family.

For the full story see this week’s Mid Sussex Times.