Merseyside Police refer Speke man's death to IPCC

The death of a man who Merseyside officers tried to take to hospital has been referred to the police watchdog.

Officers were called to reports the man was having a "medical episode" at a house Cassley Road in Speke, Liverpool early on Sunday.

They decided to take him to hospital in their vehicle but later called for an ambulance when he deteriorated.

Merseyside Police referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "A patrol arrived at the scene but as the ambulance had not arrived and the man's condition appeared to be deteriorating, the officers made the decision to take the man to hospital in their vehicle.

"When his condition deteriorated further the police officers called again for an ambulance."

He added: "This matter has been voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

The North West Ambulance Service said it received a 999 call at about 02:25 GMT which was cancelled more than 30 minutes later.

It received a further 999 call at about 03:13 with the first "ambulance resource" arriving six minutes later.

The man was taken to Whiston Hospital by ambulance where he died.

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