Woman dies in police custody at North Wales police station

A woman has died while in custody at a Gwynedd police station. North Wales Police has since referred itself to a police watchdog to investigate what happened.

The force issued a statement on its website following the woman’s death in Caernarfon on Friday, May 24. She was said to have fallen ill and died in the evening.

She was in her 40s and her family is now being supported by specialist officers. Given the launch of an independent investigation, the force said it can only provide outline details of the incident.

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Deputy chief constable Nigel Harrison said: “We can confirm that a woman in her 40s sadly died while in custody at Caernarfon on Friday, May 24th. The woman, who had been held in custody since Thursday afternoon, became unwell and sadly passed away just before 5.30pm.

“As required in these circumstances , we have made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) who are now independently investigating. Join the North Wales Live Whatsapp community now

“Our thoughts remain with her family, who are being supported by specialist officers, and all those affected.

“We are unable to comment further at this time while the independent IOPC investigation rightly takes place.” Sign up for the North Wales Live newsletter sent twice daily to your inbox

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