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Response from Warwickshire Police following inquest into the death of Darren Cumberbatch

Warwickshire Police has today issued a statement following the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Darren Cumberbatch. Mr Cumberbatch died in hospital in July 2017 after being detained by officers in Nuneaton nine days earlier.

Deputy Chief Constable Richard Moore said:
"Our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Cumberbatch as they continue to come to terms with his death.

"Every time our officers answer a call they are going into unpredictable and often dangerous situations. They are trained to make decisions in challenging and dynamic circumstances.

"Following these tragic events we recognise the importance of now taking the appropriate time to carefully consider the inquest outcome and to ensure our officers are prepared to manage all the risks they face in the course of protecting the public.

"We note the jury's narrative that some of the restraint used may have been excessive, and that despite attempts to de-escalate the situation, we could have continued to do more.

"We have fully cooperated with the inquest, and with an Independent Office of Police Conduct investigation, and now await publication of their report."


Posted by Sam Cook, Corporate Communications

Published 25/06/19