Police Watchdog Starts Probe After Death Of Man

5 August 2016, 15:16 | Updated: 6 August 2016, 07:15

A police watchdog has launched an investigation after the death of a man who was pepper sprayed.

Alan Hay, 50, fell ill after being arrested following a disturbance in Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, on August 1 during which an incapacitant spray known as Captor PAVA was discharged by an officer.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) has been instructed by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to probe the circumstances surrounding his death.

Mr Hay became unwell on August 2 after making an appearance in court. He was taken to hospital but later died.

A Pirc spokesman said: !The investigation will focus on the discharge of PAVA and the period while the man was in police custody before being transferred on August 2 2016 into the custody of the Scottish Prison Service following his appearance at court.

"The man fell ill later that day and was taken to hospital for treatment but died shortly after. A report on the commissioner's findings will be submitted to the COPFS in due course.''

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time.

"The circumstances relating to this death have been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

"It would be inappropriate for Police Scotland to comment further whilst Pirc consider these.''