into mental health patient's police van death
by Angela Hussain
patient who died in the back of a police van is to have his death
investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission
is to examine the death of 22-year-old Matthew Lovell from Bournemouth
on October 28 this year following his arrest under section 136 of
the Mental Health Act.
At 5.10pm on October 28 medical staff at the Herbert
Day Hospital in Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth called police
after Mr Lovell had left the hospital and had gone to a nearby beach.
Mr Lovell was found by staff in the Alum Chine area
and police officers detained him under the Mental Health Act approximately
40 minutes after the call.
Mr Lovell was taken into a police van and driven
Annes Hospital, Poole, a secure mental health unit.
On arrival he was found collapsed in the van.
An ambulance was called to the unit and took Mr
Lovell to Poole General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after
arrival at about 7pm.
Dorset Police referred Mr Lovell's death to the
A post-mortem last month did not establish the cause
of death and will now wait for further analysis and tests.
The post-mortem did confirm that there were no significant
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