Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Flats Fall: No Watchdog Action

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Flats Fall: No Watchdog Action

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A POLICE watchdog is to take no action over the death of a man who plunged from Teesside flats after officers arrived at his door.

Kevin Frederick Williams, 45, an unemployed labourer, fell to his death from a 12th floor flat in Fleet House in Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough, on Sunday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was notified as Cleveland Police officers had arrived at Mr Williams' door before the incident.

Witnesses described how Mr Williams appeared to be speaking to someone while sat on the window frame.

He went back into the flat, but reappeared, dangled from the frame by his fingertips then fell.

It later emerged police had been outside the flat, although it has not been revealed why.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said today the IPCC would have no further part in the investigation, which would now be dealt with internally by the force.

She said: "The death of Kevin Frederick Williams was referred to the IPCC by Cleveland Police. …

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