Inquiry into coma man's Stockport police cell collapse

Police custody suite
Image caption The man was taken into custody at Cheadle Heath Police station

An investigation is under way after a 39-year-old man was found unconscious in a police cell in Greater Manchester.

The man remains in a coma in hospital after being found at Cheadle Heath station, Stockport, on 22 November.

He had been arrested to prevent a breach of the peace, assessed as drunk and locked up at 2215 GMT. He was later found to have stopped breathing.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the circumstances of the incident.

The man, who has not been identified, remains in a critical condition in Stepping Hill Hospital.

Greater Manchester Police's Professional Standards Branch investigated the circumstances, but have now passed the matter to the IPCC.

IPCC Commissioner Ms Naseem Malik said: "My thoughts are with the man's family at this difficult time.

"Our investigation will examine all the circumstances surrounding the man's arrest and detention.

"In particular we will look at whether the appropriate welfare provisions were put in place during his spell in custody."

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