IPCC investigation into Darren Pantall's death finds police acted properly
A watchdog has found that Dyfed-Powys Police officers did act properly when they arrested a man in Llanelli who later died in hospital.
Darren Pantall died at Prince Philip Hospital on Wednesday, November 30, last year after he was arrested on suspicion of assault.
The 45-year-old was seen to put something in his mouth when approached by an officer and was taken on foot to Llanelli police station about 50 metres away.
While in the custody holding area, Mr Pantall developed breathing difficulties. Paramedics attended but were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead in hospital at around 7pm that day.
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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation because his death came shortly after his arrest.
Tom Davies, IPCC Commissioner for Wales, concluded that Dyfed-Powys Police officers had acted appropriately.
"We have conducted a thorough, independent investigation into the death of Mr Pantall and have found that police officers acted appropriately," he said.
"Mr Pantall was spotted by an officer who knew he was a suspect for an assault offence and was arrested and taken to the nearby police station.
"Once there were signs that his condition deteriorated officers ensured he had swift medical attention.
"Mr Pantall's previous drug swallowing history should have been recorded on the force's intelligence system, but given the sudden circumstances of the arrest it is sadly unlikely such warning markers would have altered the rapid course of events that day."