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IPCC to investigate man's death

An investigation is to be held into why police left a "vulnerable" man, who was later found dead, at his home in Plymouth despite fears for his welfare.

On 4 November Devon police were called to the home of David Cartwright by a friend who was worried about him.

He was sent to hospital but later left. It is believed staff rang police over concern for his safety and police and ambulance crews found him at home.

The 26-year-old was left there and found dead less than 48 hours later.

Options investigated

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to carry out an investigation into why Mr Cartwright was left at the property in Mutley when staff at Derriford Hospital were believed to have had concerns for his safety.

I will ensure that any learning from this sad incident for the emergency services is shared
Rebecca Marsh, IPCC

Rebecca Marsh, IPCC Commissioner for the South West, said: "I do have concerns that a vulnerable man was left at home.

"The IPCC investigation will look at what options were open to the police.

"I want to express my condolences to Mr Cartwright's family and friends at their sad loss and assure them that a full investigation into his death will be carried out.

"I will ensure that any learning from this sad incident for the emergency services is shared."



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