Man being held at Leicester Magistrates' Court cells dies
A man has died after being discovered collapsed in the cells at Leicester Magistrates' Court.
He was found by custody staff at 10.15am on Saturday. An ambulance crew attended and the man was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating the incident, which occurred as a special sitting of the court was being held.
The identity of the man has not been released and police have launched an investigation.
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The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
A spokesman for the police said: "Police were called to Leicester Magistrates' Court at 10.29am by East Midlands Ambulance Service after a man had been found collapsed inside the cell block of the court.
"Investigations are in the very early stages. Formal identification of the deceased has not yet taken place."
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, which runs the court system, said: "At approximately 10.15am, custody staff at Leicester Magistrates' Court found a man collapsed in a cell.
"Medical staff were called and he was taken to hospital but we understand he was later pronounced dead."
No one was available for comment from the Independent Police Complaints Commission.