Billy Salton death: IPCC says police had 'sloppy approach'

"Poor performance" and a "sloppy approach" have been highlighted in an investigation into the death of a man held by police in Greater Manchester.

Billy Salton, 19, died on 9 July 2012, three days after collapsing in a cell at Stockport Magistrates' Court.

He had received treatment from medical staff at Cheadle Heath police station before being moved there.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said no one officer was to blame, but advised training.

Mr Salton handed himself into the police station voluntarily following a breach of bail conditions at about 01:00 BST on 5 July. He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary.

He suffered two epileptic seizures while in custody at the police station, and a third fit after being transferred to the court for a hearing.

He died three days later in Stepping Hill Hospital.

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The IPCC investigation found that although mistakes were made and "poor operating practices observed", there was insufficient evidence to suggest any individual officer or member of Greater Manchester Police staff breached their standards of professional behaviour.

However, the investigation did find there had been a "sloppy approach" to managing Mr Salton's care by the force and medical staff.

The IPCC report said advice and training should be given to the officers involved in respect of risk assessment, custody record entry, visiting regime, communication with clinicians and use of CCTV.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said improvements in the way information was shared had already been made.

He said: "On the rare occasion that deaths in custody do occur they are fully investigated so that we may learn any lessons and take action to try to prevent similar incidents happening again."

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