Police investigated after death of man

diedBS''John Patrick Freeman, 67, from Elsecar, Barnsley
diedBS''John Patrick Freeman, 67, from Elsecar, Barnsley
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INVESTIGATors will study police officers’ actions after the death of a drunken South Yorkshire man who collapsed at Leeds railway station.

John Patrick Freeman, aged 67, collapsed at the station shortly after talking to police officers and died ten days later.

Now the Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

British Transport Police were called on Thursday, May 12, after Mr Freeman arrived at the station on a train from Sheffield at 8.30pm because he appeared to be drunk.

Officers helped him off the train before leaving him on a bench on the station concourse.

A few minutes later Mr Freeman went to buy a ticket, but fell.

An ambulance was called at 9.30pm and he was taken to hospital, where he died 10 days later, on May 22. IPCC investigators are now appealing for witnesses to the events of May 12.

Commissioner Tom Davies, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “My condolences go out to Mr Freeman’s family and our investigators have met with his family and spoken to them about our role.

“In tragic circumstances such as these it is important an independent investigation is conducted to establish what happened.

“We will be looking at the way officers dealt with Mr Freeman during the time they were with him and whether their actions were reasonable given the circumstances.”

IPCC investigators are looking to trace travellers on the 7.06pm Sheffield to Leeds train.

Mr Freeman was wearing a blue denim jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with two white stripes down the side. He was also wearing glasses.

Witnesses should email leedsstationappeal@ipcc.gov.uk or call 0800 0969070.