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Friday, July 23, 1999 Published at 20:50 GMT 21:50 UK


Officers charged over custody death

Five police officers will be charged in connection with the death of a man in police custody.

The Crown Prosection Services decided to prosecute the officers after the Police Complaints Authority carried out a 15-month investigation into the death of 38-year-old Chris Alder.

The five Humberside Police officers, who are suspended from duty, will face charges of misconduct in a public office.

Mr Alder, from Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, died in the city's Queens Gardens police station in the early hours of 1 April 1998.

He was arrested for an alleged breach of the peace at a local hospital where he was being treated for a head injury after an incident at the city's Waterfront nightclub.

Jason Paul, 27, from Hull, was charged with grievous bodily harm following the nightclub incident but proceedings were later dropped.

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