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Probe as man dies after falling ill in police custody

The 29-year-old was taken to Dr Gray's Hospital after becoming unwell on Monday.

Probe: Man dies at hospital after falling ill at Elgin Police Station.

A man has died after falling ill while in police custody in Moray.

The 29-year-old was at Elgin Police Station and taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital in the town after becoming unwell at about 11am on Monday.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital and officers are currently treating the death as unexplained.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Around 11am on Monday 25th November, a man became unwell whilst in custody at Elgin Police Station.

“Emergency services attended at he was taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“A post-mortem will take place in due course to establish the exact cause of death, which officers are treating as unexplained at this time.”

He added: “Inquiries are ongoing and a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.

“As is normal procedure in these circumstances, the incident be reported to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).”

A spokeswoman for PIRC’s investigation team said: “We are investigating the death in custody of a 29-year-old man in Elgin on Monday 25 November 2019.

“The man died in Dr Gray’s Hospital, having been taken there from Elgin Police Station.

“The matter was referred to us by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and a report will be sent to them in due course.”

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