Inquest opened on man who died after Sunderland guns hoax call

inquest adjourned: Gary McVey died after he was interviewed at home in Wetherby Road.

inquest adjourned: Gary McVey died after he was interviewed at home in Wetherby Road.

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AN inquest has been opened into the death of a Sunderland man who died after he was questioned by police over a hoax guns alert.

Gary McVey, 36, died in hospital a week before Christmas after falling ill while being interviewed by police at his home in Wetherby Road, Grangetown.

An inquest into his death was opened at Sunderland Coroner’s court yesterday and adjourned to May 20, pending the outcome of an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Officers were originally called to Toward Road, in Hendon, shortly after 6.30pm on Thursday, December 18, after receiving a report of men with guns inside a housethere.

It soon emerged that the report was false, and police then went to a house in Wetherby Road, to where the call had been traced, and spoke to Mr McVey.

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

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

Mr McVey’s death was referred to the IPCC because his death had occurred after he had been in contact with police officers.

An IPCC spokesman confirmed the investigation was still under way.

“The IPCC was notified by Northumbria Police at about 11pm on Thursday, December 18, of the death of a 36-year-old man in Sunderland following contact with the police.

“A decision to conduct an independent IPCC investigation was made shortly afterwards, and IPCC investigators were sent to the scene,” he said.