Statement following inquest into death of John Coysh

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton, Devon & Cornwall Police, said: “On Friday 6 November 2020, HM Coroner Ian Arrow concluded the inquest into the death of John Coysh, who died on 14 September 2016.

“The jury returned a finding of alcohol-related death.

“This was very tragic incident and our thoughts and condolences remain with the family and friends of John Coysh.

“Following John Coysh’s death, a mandatory referral was made immediately to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), now the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The force co-operated fully with the IPCC’s independent investigation and subsequently with the IOPC.

“The IPCC made seven specific recommendations following the death of John Coysh which the force has taken action on. The force has learned lessons, adapted working practices and introduced further measures to custody procedures.

“The changes have been made in order to ensure that the force’s custody centres are a safe place for detainees to be. These practices and procedures are ever evolving and there will always be improvements that can be made.”