Update: Man ‘died in police custody’

Tippa Naphtali - Trafalgar Squarefrom BBC West Midlands
4th November 2009

A man with a history of mental illness died in police custody after being hit by a patrol car that was called to his home, a jury inquest was told.

Michael Powell, 38, was also hit with a baton before being restrained by officers in Birmingham, in September 2003, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall heard.

He was taken to Thornhill Road police station where he stopped breathing. But the inquest heard medical experts do not think Mr Powell died as a result of being hit by the car or baton.

The coroner said the inquest had been delayed because of other proceedings and investigations into Mr Powell’s death, which happened while he was staying at his mother’s home in Wilton Street, Lozells.

He said that on the night of Saturday, 6 September 2003 Mr Powell had been “behaving in what may be considered to be a rather odd way.”

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