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5 November 2013, 16:27
The police watchdog has launched an investigation into Bedfordshire Police after a 38 year old man died in custody.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched the inquiry into the death of a man who had been detained at Luton police station under the Mental Health Act.
The man, who has not been named, was arrested on Monday afternoon (4th November) after members of the public reported concerns about his behaviour in Marsh Road.
He was taken into custody, where he fell ill and was taken to hospital.
He was pronounced dead after being admitted to Luton and Dunstable Hospital.
A spokesman for the IPCC confirmed that an investigation has begun:
"IPCC investigators have been deployed to the scene and we will provide more information as soon as we can"
In a statement, Bedfordshire Police said:
"The IPCC was informed of the incident, as is procedure when a person dies who has been in recent contact with the police. They have launched an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding this death.
"No further details will be released in relation to the deceased until HM Coroner has opened a formal inquest. As there will be an IPCC independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding this death, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."