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Lancashire Police failed custody death man

Nadeem Khan pictured with his daughter, Jasmine
Nadeem Khan had taken a quantity of cocaine and died in June 2007

Police who detained a man before he died failed to recognise a "medical emergency", an inquest jury has found.

Nadeem Khan, of Lancashire, who had been arrested for displaying violent behaviour, had high levels of cocaine in his blood when he died in 2007.

The jury at Preston Coroner's Court said Mr Khan was suffering from excited delirium which had not been recognised.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has called for officers to be trained to deal with the condition.

A narrative verdict read out to the court said: "The contributory factors leading to Mr Khan's death are the physiological stress that Mr Khan suffered.

"From the start of the first reported incident, and then the subsequent necessary restraints used due to his behaviour, we believe were cumulative and contributory factors to his death.

"There was also an inability to recognise that Mr Khan was suffering from excited delirium, which is a medical emergency."

Stopped breathing

Mr Khan was arrested after police received reports he was damaging property and showing violent and irrational behaviour, in Nelson, Lancashire in June 2007.

A form of CS spray was used twice and it took five officers to restrain Mr Khan.

He was taken to Burnley police station, where he stopped breathing.

Police forces around the country need to realise the real risk of their officers dealing with excited delirium and put training in place
IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik

Despite several resuscitation attempts he died in hospital an hour later.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Khan died as a result of excited delirium caused by cocaine toxicity.

The IPCC concluded his arrest was lawful and justified and the restraint techniques used were in line with policy and procedure.

IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik said: "In this incident I do not believe the individual officers can be blamed in any way for the death of Mr Khan.

"Police forces around the country need to realise the real risk of their officers dealing with excited delirium and put appropriate training in place."

A Lancashire Police spokesman expressed their condolences and said the training recommendations had been acted on.

He added: "We remain committed to improving the care of all those who come through our custody system and to ensuring that police officers and staff have adequate training to help identify all potential life-threatening conditions."



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