Probe launched after dies in Washington police station

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AN investigation is underway into the death of a man in a Washington police station.

The 43-year-old man was arrested on warrant, on Thursday, from his home address in Houghton, for failing to appear at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court.

At 11.39pm, on Friday, an ambulance was called to the custody suite at Washington at the request of a doctor to transport the man to hospital for medical assistance.

However, his condition deteriorated and a further call as an emergency was made. He was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

The incident has been reported to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)