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Police watchdog probe after man's death at Dundee flats

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Image caption Steven Smeaton was found dead in the city's Forester Street

The police watchdog has launched an investigation following the death of a 33-year-old man in Dundee.

Steven Smeaton was found dead in the city's Forester Street early on 7 September. He is thought to have fallen from a window of a top-floor flat.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner's (PIRC) investigation will focus on the police's response to an earlier disturbance.

The case was referred to the commissioner by the force.

Image caption The man died after reportedly falling from a window in the city's Forester Street on 7 September

A spokesman for PIRC said: "The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner is carrying out an investigation following the death of a 33-year-old man outside a residential property in Dundee on 7 September 2016.

"The investigation will focus on Police Scotland's initial response to a disturbance in the vicinity in the hours prior to the man's death.

"The matter was referred by Police Scotland for investigation and a report on the PIRC's findings will be submitted to the deputy chief constable in due course."

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