WEST Mercia Police’s contact with a man who later died in hospital is being investigated by the police watchdog.

Six officers from the force attended Stephen Marshall’s flat in Evesham at just after midnight on Saturday, November 23 following a request for assistance from ambulance staff.

Mr Marshall, aged 54, was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital in a life threatening condition and died on Friday, November 29.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an independent investigation into the force.

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell, said: "My sympathies are with Mr Marshall's family at what must be a desperately sad and difficult time for them. IPCC investigators are in contact with them, keeping them informed about what our investigation is looking at.

“When someone dies following contact with the police it is important that an independent and thorough investigation is undertaken so the circumstances are fully understood and any necessary action taken."

The results of a post mortem examination at Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, on Tuesday, December 3 proved inconclusive and the commission is awaiting the results of further tests.

West Mercia Police referred the incident to the IPCC on Sunday, November 24 and it was decided an independent investigation would take place due to the serious condition the man was in at that time.

The police officers are currently being treated as witnesses.

IPCC investigators attended the property on Sunday, November 24 and directed a forensic examination of the scene and conducted house-to-house enquiries.

They have also taken statements from officers who attended the property and members of the public.