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An ‘independent inquiry’ begins into the death of a Caernarfon arrestee

A 40-year-old woman died on Friday, May 24, having been held in custody since the previous day.

Following her death, North Wales Police made a “mandatory referral” to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is currently investigating the matter.

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An IOPC spokesman said: “We have launched an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman held at Caernarfon Police Station on Friday.

“We understand that the woman, in her 40s, had been in custody since Thursday afternoon and became unwell on Friday morning.

“Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead around 5:20 p.m.

“We were notified by North Wales Police a short time later and announced an independent investigation.

“Our investigators attended arrests and post-incident police procedures to begin gathering evidence.”

On May 25, Deputy Chief Constable Nigel Harrison, of North Wales Police, said: “We can confirm that a woman in her 40s sadly died on Friday 24 May while in custody at Caernarfon.

“The woman, who had been in custody since Thursday afternoon, became unwell and sadly died just before 5:30 p.m.

“As necessary in the circumstances, we have made mandatory referrals to the IOPC, which is currently conducting an independent investigation.

“Our thoughts remain with her family, who are being supported by specialist officers, and all those affected by this situation.

“We are unable to provide further comment at this time as an independent IOPC investigation takes place.”