Cambridgeshire

Zbigniew Symonowicz: No police officer to blame for death

The death of a man in custody at a police station in Peterborough was not the fault of any Cambridgeshire officer, a police watchdog has said.

Zbigniew Symonowicz, 55, was arrested for breach of bail conditions at an address in Peterborough in July 2009.

He was taken to Thorpe Wood police station in Peterborough but collapsed and died about an hour after arrival.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said no officers had failed in their treatment of Mr Symonowicz.

In a statement, it said: "The IPCC's [Independent Police Complaints Commission] investigation found no evidence any police officers failed in their duties in their treatment of Mr Symonowicz for the short period he was in custody."

On Monday an inquest heard he was killed by a combination of alcohol and painkillers.

A jury returned a narrative verdict, saying there was "no clear evidence that he intended to take his own life".

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