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27 May 2010, 06:55
32 year old Sharon McLaughlin died in police custody at Worthing Custody Centre on Sunday 16th May 2010.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is going to investigate the death in a Police cell in Worthing.
Sharon McLaughlin had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting - the commission will look at the risk assessment that was carried out when she was taken into custody and how half hourly checks were carried out.
She was searched while in custody and further arrested for possession of Class A drugs
Sharon McLaughlin's family have today released a tribute.
"The family wishes to express its shock and distress at the death of Sharon McLaughlin a beloved Mother, Daughter and Sister.
"Sharon was a kind hearted girl who was able to light up any room with her presence and infectious smile. She left us with so many treasured memories that will be never forgotten.
"Sadly she was influenced by people who described themselves as friends, and she became involved with heavy drugs. However, this terrible addiction never changed her kind nature and the love for her Daughter and family.
"This is another sad example of the destructive nature of drugs for its users and their families.
"Sharon died in police custody at Worthing Custody Centre on Sunday 16th May 2010. The family are determined that the circumstances surrounding this incident are fully investigated in order to establish whether Sharon was given the duty of care she deserved; we have full confidence that the Independent Police Complaints Commission will get the answers to the many questions surrounding this tragedy."