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Teenager dies in police custody

A former Nottingham Forest Academy player has died after falling ill in a police cell.

Reece Staples, 19, was arrested by officers investigating reports of criminal damage to a vehicle in Basford early on Sunday morning.

He fell ill at Oxclose Lane police station and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation into his death.

'Great sportsman'

A post-mortem examination was unable to establish the cause of death, although the IPCC said it did not identify evidence of injuries which may have been a factor.

Investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

IPCC commissioner Amerdeep Somal said: "The investigation will look at all the circumstances in the lead up to this man's death.

"This will include how police dealt with information they received relating to the deceased's health and wellbeing."

The teenager left Trinity School in Aspley to join the Nottingham Forest Academy in Year 10.

Head teacher Michael McKeever said: "He's well remembered here as a great sportsman and was very active in the sporting community."



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