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Statement following inquest verdict on the death of Darren Cumberbatch

June 26, 2019

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has issued a statement following the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Darren Cumberbatch. Mr Cumberbatch died in hospital in July 2017 after being detained by officers from Warwickshire Police in Nuneaton nine days earlier.

Mr Seccombe said: “I offer my sympathies to Darren Cumberbatch’s family and friends at this difficult time, as I have from the outset. The inquest verdict raises questions about the actions taken by the police and it will be vital to answer these in order to provide reassurance to all communities across Warwickshire.

“A separate investigation by the Independent Office of Police Conduct will shed further light on what happened in due course and I will be keen to see its conclusions when they are published.

“Policing is often challenging and officers face difficult situations in which they must make dynamic decisions on a daily basis. It is important that any action they take is appropriate and proportionate and is seen to be so by the public. I will be discussing the questions this case raises directly with the Chief Constable, once all of the appropriate authorities have reported their findings, in order to seek further reassurance on the public’s behalf.”

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