Police are being investigated after a ‘distressed man’ was restrained by officers before paramedics arrived on scene.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is conducting an independent investigation into the circumstances that lead up to the man’s health ‘deteriorating’ while in the ambulance.
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By the time officers arrived, the man had left but was found nearby shortly afterwards.
It is reported the ‘distressed’ man was found with an injury to his hand.
An ambulance was called and the IOPC has said the man was “restrained by officers before paramedics arrived” to take him to hospital.
While in the ambulance, the man’s condition is said to have “deteriorated” and he remains in hospital.
A statement released by Merseyside Police after the incident said: “Officers attended and located the man nearby, along with a quantity of suspected Class A drugs.
“The man was detained and has since been taken to hospital for assessment.”
The man’s hand was reportedly injured when police arrived, but the injuries were not thought to be life threatening.
It’s also believed that the man being restrained was seen by members of the public who may have filmed it on their phones.
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The incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after the man suffered a ‘medical episode’ after he was detained.
IOPC Regional Director Amanda Rowe said: “We believe this incident was witnessed by members of the public and some people may have filmed part of it on their phones.
“I would urge anyone who has not yet spoken to us to get in touch as they may be able to help with our investigation.
“I understand this will have been unsettling for those in the area at the time and it is important the we independently investigate so that we can understand exactly what happened that led to this situation.”
The IOPC said investigators will be speaking to people who were present at the time.
Evidence from body worn video cameras and CCTV footage will also be considered as part of the investigation.
Anyone with any information about the incident, particularly footage from the scene, is asked to contact the IOPC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 303 5725.