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Custody death review submitted
Christopher Alder
Mr Alder, a Falklands veteran, died on 1 April 1998
Details surrounding how a man choked to death while handcuffed on the floor of a police station have been given to Home Secretary Charles Clarke.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) looked at how former paratrooper Christopher Alder, 37, died at a Hull police station in April 1998.

Footage aired on the BBC in 2004 showed him dying in the custody suite while officers stood nearby chatting.

Five officers were cleared of manslaughter and misconduct in 2002.

Public inquiry

An independent hearing cleared all of the officers of neglect of duty allegations but an inquest into Mr Alder's death concluded he was unlawfully killed.

His sister, Janet Alder, from Burnley, Lancashire, has led a campaign for a public inquiry to investigate her brother's death.

The IPCC was asked in 2004, by the then Home Secretary David Blunkett, to review what happened.

As part of its review, the IPCC asked the Healthcare Commission to investigate the care and treatment given to Mr Alder prior to his death. They will publish a separate report.

Mr Alder, a father-of-two and Falklands veteran, was injured during a scuffle outside a Hull city centre hotel and taken to Hull Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Potential witness

He was arrested for an alleged breach of the peace and taken to Queens Gardens Police station.

Half an hour later he choked to death on his own blood and vomit as he lay on the floor of the police station, without moving, for 11 minutes with his trousers round his ankles.

Another man, Jason Paul, was awarded 30,500 damages recently after suing Humberside Police when he was wrongly charged over Mr Alder's death after he voluntarily contacted police as potential witness.

A jury said it was "more likely than not that the police charged (Mr Paul) with causing GBH with intent to deflect potential criticism of the circumstances of Christopher Alder's death".

The IPCC report will be placed before Parliament by Mr Clarke at a later date.




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