Police ‘failed’ custody death man

10Jun09

Police - see-no-eviloriginally published: 30th May 2009

Three police officers face disciplinary action after “misleading” information was added to the custody record of an injured prisoner who later died.

Callum McLean, 41, was taken to Ashton-under-Lyne station after being found drunk and injured at a bus stop. CCTV showed he was visited once before being found “unresponsive” in his cell which was a “failure in duty of care”, the police watchdog said.

Greater Manchester Police apologised for “failing” Mr McLean’s family. Mr McLean was found sleeping at a bus stop in Gorton on 10 April and was taken into custody over a warrant for failing to appear in court. He was drunk and had facial injuries.

He was put in a cell at about 1700 BST and checked through the spy hole for “one second” at 1741 BST, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

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