The report covers extent and trends, causes of death and evidence on prevention and investigation of deaths in or following police custody. Findings include:
- those who die in or following police custody in England and Wales are typically male, aged between 31 and 50, and from a White ethnic background
- natural causes have been the most common known cause of deaths in police custody in England and Wales between April 2004 and March 2015.
- providing alternatives to police custody for vulnerable individuals is a key theme in the international literature on prevention.’