Dec 17 2012
A man has died after he was found collapsed in cells at a magistrates' court.
The man, who has not been named, was found by custody staff at Leicester Magistrates' Court at 10.15am on Saturday, the Ministry of Justice said.
Ambulance crews were called to the court and the man was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where he was later pronounced dead.
Leicestershire Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death. The force confirmed it had referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
In a statement, Leicestershire Police said: "Police were called to Leicester Magistrates' Court at 10.29am on Saturday December 15 2012 by East Midlands Ambulance Service after a man had been found collapsed inside the cell block of the court.
"The man was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary where he was later pronounced dead. Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the man's death.
"Investigations are in the very early stages. Formal identification of the deceased has not yet taken place. The incident will be voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)."
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: "At approximately 10.15am on December 15 2012, custody staff at Leicester Magistrates' Court found a man collapsed in a cell.
"Medical staff were called and he was taken to hospital, but we understand he was later pronounced dead.
"Leicestershire Police have been notified and are currently investigating the circumstances of the death."