IPCC investigation following man’s death in Lancashire

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation into how Lancashire Constabulary responded to a request to check the welfare of a 64-year-old man.

Peter Mitchell was found in a poor state of health by a family member at his home in Accrington on 12 August. He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but died five days later.

The investigation follows a complaint made by his family to Lancashire Constabulary, regarding a request for the police to check Mr Mitchell’s welfare on 11 August.

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This complaint was referred to the IPCC by the force and a decision was taken to conduct an independent investigation.

IPCC Commissioner Carl Gumsley said: “My sympathies go to the family and friends of Peter Mitchell. Our investigation will look into the circumstances around this very sad incident and seek to clarify Lancashire Constabulary’s response.”