Probe into death of Tasered man to close

all credits: North West Evening Mail
published: 18th January 2012

The investigation into the death of a Barrow man who was Tasered by police is expected to finish next month. The Independent Police Complains Commission has been probing the death of bodybuilder Dale Burns since August last year.

The 27-year-old dad-of-two was Tasered up to four times, as well as being pepper sprayed by police, after a disturbance at his Hartington Street home.

He was restrained by police and taken straight to Furness General Hospital at 7.30pm, where he was pronounced dead at 8.41pm.

IPCC spokesman Ian Christon said the investigation into Mr Burns’ death was ongoing, and is expected to be finished in February.

He said: “We have to wait for certain information we have asked for, such as the pathologist’s report, to come through before we can start compiling our conclusions.

“When our report is completed it will be passed on to the coroner and the coroner will look at re-opening the inquest at some point in the future.

“It will be unlikely that we will be able to publish full details of our findings, because after our report is finished that information will go into the coroner’s hands and it is for them to decide what is to form part of the inquest and what will be made public.”

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