Man is arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after death in Axminster

A man in his 30s from Axminster is in police custody on suspicion of manslaughter after a male who was found unconscious in the town died in hospital .

Officers from two forces were called to the Lyme Road area of in Axminster at around 10.30am on Tuesday, July 19.

When police arrived, they found an unconscious man who was taken to hospital in a critical condition, where he died.

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Devon and Cornwall Police said a man in his 30s from the Axminster area was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He was yesterday evening [Tuesday] further arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. He remains in police custody at this time.

Police are appealing for information from witnesses who saw what happened.

Because of prior involvement with its officers, Avon and Somerset Police has informed the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and a mandatory referral will be made in due course.

Avon and Somerset Police were in East Devon on Tuesday (July 19) to arrest a man on suspicion of burglary.

When police found a vehicle linked to the suspect at a service station in Lyme Road, Axminster, they tried to speak to the occupant, and a man fled, giving officers the slip.

Shortly after, the man was involved in a ‘further incident’ and ‘sadly died’, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers found the man unconscious and gave him emergency treatment.

He died in hospital and his next-of-kin have been told, said police.

Devon and Cornwall Police said Lyme Road was closed for several hours while officers dealt with the casualty.

A number of police scene cordons remain in place on Wednesday (July 20) while investigations continue.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: “On Tuesday afternoon (July 19), officers deployed to the Devon and Cornwall area to arrest a man wanted on suspicion of burglary.

“At about 10.30am they located a vehicle linked to the man parked at a service station on Lyme Road in Axminster and officers attempted to engage with the occupant.

“A man inside the vehicle then ran off and was lost to sight.

“A short time later the man was involved in a further incident and has subsequently sadly died.

“Due to police involvement prior to the man’s death, we’ve informed the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and a mandatory referral will be made to it in due course.”

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Devon and Cornwall officers were called to assist Avon and Somerset Police with enquiries being carried out in the Axminster area at around 10.30am on Tuesday 19 July.

“It was reported to us that the occupants of a car had left the scene in Lyme Road.

“A short time later, a call was received from a member of the public regarding a further incident nearby and a male was subsequently located.

“When officers arrived at the scene, the man was unconscious and they immediately administered emergency treatment.

“The man was taken to hospital in a critical condition and was later pronounced deceased. His next-of-kin have been informed.

“Devon and Cornwall Police is conducting an investigation into the circumstances and a number of scene cordons remain in place at this time.

“Lyme Road was closed in both directions for several hours due to the incident.

“A man in his 30s from the Axminster area was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He was yesterday evening [Tuesday] further arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and remains in police custody at this time.”

The spokesman added: “Due to prior involvement with its officers, Avon and Somerset Police has informed the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and a mandatory referral will be made in due course.”

If you have information to help police with their enquiries, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 quoting log number 342 of 19/07/21.

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