Man dies after being quizzed by police over hoax guns alert in Sunderland

Wetherby Road, Grangetown, where a man died after police attended his home.
Wetherby Road, Grangetown, where a man died after police attended his home.
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A POLICE probe is under way today after a man died after being quizzed by officers over a hoax guns alert.

The 36-year-old died in hospital after falling ill while being quizzed by officers at his home in Wetherby Road, Grangetown.

Police presence in Wetherby Road, Grangetown, Sunderland, this morning

Police presence in Wetherby Road, Grangetown, Sunderland, this morning

Officers were called to Toward Road, Hendon, at 6.37pm yesterday, after receiving a report of men with guns inside a home there.

It soon emerged that the report was false, and police attended the home of the caller in Wetherby Road, and spoke to him.

While they were there, the caller became unwell and an ambulance was called.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where he died.

Inquiries are ongoing into the incident, and due to the contact between officers and the man, the matter will be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

A resident in Wetherby Road said he knew the man who died by sight only, and said he thought it was his parents’ house and they had not lived there very long.

“It’s normally a very quiet area,” he told the Echo.

“I just saw the six police cars and armed response at about 7pm. They were here for about an hour-and-a-half to a couple of hours. There were two ambulances and there has been a police car outside all night.”

An IPCC spokesman said: “We’ve declared an IPCC investigation and we sent investigators there last night.”

It is not thought the identity of the man will be released today as family is still being informed.