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IPCC probe woman's Bloxwich police station custody death

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Image caption Sharmila Ullah, 30, died in hospital after she was found collapsed in Bloxwich police station

The death of a woman who was found collapsed in a police cell is to be investigated by the police watchdog.

Sharmila Ullah, 30, died in hospital on 10 July after she was held at Bloxwich police station in the West Midlands.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said she had been examined by nurses who said she was "fit to detain" in a cell.

It said it would examine CCTV from the custody suite and interview police officers and medical staff.

The IPCC said West Midlands Police had referred Ms Ullah's death on a mandatory basis.

'Unresponsive' in cell

A post-mortem examination had taken place but the cause of death was currently undetermined, it said.

The IPCC said Ms Ullah was arrested on 9 July.

She had been assessed and discharged at Walsall Manor Hospital in the hours before she was found collapsed at a cell in Bloxwich police station.

Ms Ullah was also examined by a nurse at the custody suite on the morning of 10 July, it said.

After being found unresponsive in her cell she was taken back to the hospital by ambulance, where she died.

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: "Our family liaison managers have made contact with Ms Ullah's family, and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"I would like to assure them we will be conducting a thorough investigation into her contact with police after she was arrested and the communication between police officers and medical staff during the time she spent in custody."

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