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Police hearing after custody death
Christopher Alder
Christopher Alder was the father of two children
Five Humberside police officers will face a disciplinary hearing after the death of a man in custody, following a recommendation by the Police Complaints Authority.

The officers will face a charge of neglect of duty following the death of Christopher Alder, 37 but not lose their jobs.

The body of the father-of-two was found in the custody suite of Queen's Gardens police station, Hull, in April 1998.

Four constables and a custody sergeant were charged with manslaughter and misconduct in public office but were acquitted following a trial.

In June 2002 the trial judge, directed the jury, said "there was conflicting medical evidence about why Mr Alder had become unconscious and about what had killed him".

Mr Alder had been arrested after he became aggressive and abusive at Hull Royal Infirmary, where he was taken after being assaulted outside a city centre hotel.

The internal hearing will be held by the Deputy Chief Constable of Humberside Police Steve Love.

The force has decided the officers will not be offered legal representation.

The penalties they face if found guilty are either a caution, a reprimand or loss of pay and do not include being removed from the force.



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