Sheffield mum died after row with police

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A MUM who ended up on the floor during an altercation with South Yorkshire Police officers was found dead on her settee by her daughter’s partner the next day, an inquest heard.

Diane Botham, aged 61, died at her home on Southey Green Road, Sheffield, following the row with officers.

Police had been called to an incident at a neighbouring property when Mrs Botham became involved and fell to the floor.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is now investigating.

Opening the inquest into Mrs Botham’s death, coroner Christopher Dorries said she was married and lived with her family at Southey Green Road.

Reading from a statement, he told Sheffield Coroner’s Court that Mrs Botham was at home on August 10 and had been drinking throughout the day.

“She spent most of the evening on the settee in her living room, remaining there after the last member of her family retired to bed at about 2am,” Mr Dorries said.

Mrs Botham was found dead shortly before 8am the next morning by Shane Checkley, her daughter’s partner, the inquest heard.

“He came downstairs to find the apparently lifeless body of Mrs Botham on the settee,” Mr Dorries said.

A post-mortem has been carried out, he added.

Mrs Botham had a ‘history of substance and alcohol misuse’, the court heard.

The IPCC said members of the public may have filmed the fracas on mobile phones.

Anyone with information should call 0161 246 8638.

The inquest was adjourned until a date to be fixed.

South Yorkshire Police has passed on its condolences to Mrs Botham’s family.