Police watchdog IPCC investigate Sussex Police following death of man who plunged from car park in Worthing (From The Argus)
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Police watchdog IPCC investigate Sussex Police following death of man who plunged from car park in Worthing
Police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, is investigating Sussex Police following the death of a man.
Forty-one-year-old Richard Copithorn (COR), King Edward Avenue, Worthing, died after falling from a car park.
Mr Copithorn, who fell to his death from the Teville Gate car park, Worthing on Tuesday, had been in contact with Sussex Police prior to falling.
He had a telephone conversation with staff at the force’s contact centre on Monday.
Details of this conversation, and Sussex Police’s response to it, are likely to form part of the investigation.
In addition to this Mr Copithorn had been in contact with the police and partner agencies in the two years leading up to his death.
Police confirmed the IPCC were leading the investigation into their contact with Mr Copithorn.
Sussex Police Detective Chief Inspector Pierre Serra said: “We are investigating the circumstances on behalf of the coroner. His death was unexpected but is not being treated as suspicious.
"We would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident to call police on 101 to help us understand exactly what happened.
"Sussex Police, along with two other agencies, had been working together to support Richard Copithorn.
"Our sympathies go to Richard's family following his death. We also pledge our full assistance to the IPCC review into previous police interaction with Mr Copithorn.”
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