Probes over Devon and Cornwall 'police contact' deaths

Investigations have been launched into the deaths of five people who had previously been in contact with Devon and Cornwall Police.

A report by the Office of National Statistics detailed five deaths, including three described as "other death following police contact", and two "apparent suicides following police contact".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating, and Devon and Cornwall Police said it would be inappropriate to comment further.

Det Supt Sam De Reya, head of professional standards at Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Any death following police contact is of concern to us, and for the families involved it can be devastating.

"We are always keen to learn the lessons from such incidents. As well as an internal investigation, they are always referred to the IPCC for an independent assessment of our action as a matter of course."

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