IPCC launch investigation after man dies during police search

The scene of the incident in High Street, Easington Lane
The scene of the incident in High Street, Easington Lane
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An investigation has been launched after a Wearside man died during a police search of his house.

At about 7.30pm on Monday police executed a search warrant at an address on High Street, in Easington Lane. During the search of the property a 43-year-old man, who lived at the address, became unwell.

Paramedics were called to the address to treat the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said inquiries are ongoing into the incident and due to the contact between officers and the man, the matter has been referred to the IPCC, as is procedure in these circumstances.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “I didn’t hear any sirens that night or notice any unusual police activity. He seemed fine the day before, I saw him going into the house.”

An IPCC spokesperson said: “The IPCC has begun an independent investigation after a 43-year-old man died while Northumbria Police officers executed a search warrant at a property in High Street, Easington Lane, on Monday evening.

“IPCC investigators were deployed overnight following a referral from Northumbria Police and an investigation is under way.”

The IPCC has investigated the death of Gary McVey, 36, who died after he was questioned by police over a hoax guns alert.

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

An inquest was due to take place into his death last week, but has been adjourned until February.

The conclusion to the IPCC investigation will be made public at the inquest.

It is also currently dealing with the case of a Nissan worker who died after overtaking a police car in the Tyne Tunnel last month.