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IPCC investigates death of man after transfer from GMP custody

August 15, 2012, 3:42 pm

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun an independent investigation after a 19-year-old man collapsed and died subsequently after being transferred from custody at Cheadle Heath police station to Stockport Magistrates Court.

Billy Paul Thomas Salton, from Stockport, attended the police station voluntarily at around 12.55am on Thursday 5 July to hand himself in for a breach of bail conditions. He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary.

It is understood that due to Mr Salton having epilepsy he was visited on three occasions by medical staff while in custody at Cheadle Heath police station. It is recorded that while in custody he was given medication on two occasions – once by a nurse at 6.35pm on Thursday 5 July and again at around 6.07am on Friday 6 July by a custody detention officer.

Mr Salton was transferred to Stockport Magistrates Court at around 9.57am the same day. However he was found collapsed in his cell at the court at around 12.20pm. He died in Stepping Hill Hospital on 9 July.

Greater Manchester Police referred the incident to the IPCC and an independent investigation has now begun. The investigation will examine all aspects of Mr Salton’s period in custody including his transfer to court and his time in the court building.

A post mortem has been conducted and the results of toxicology tests are awaited.

IPCC Commissioner Ms Naseem Malik said: “I have met with Mr Salton’s family to express my sympathies and explain the IPCC’s role. This is obviously a very difficult time for them and our investigation will strive to provide answers about what happened to Mr Salton.”

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