27/05/2015

Essex Police Investigated After Prisoner's Fingers Severed

The Essex Police Force is being investigated after a prisoner had three of his fingers severed while in custody.

The incident happened at Colchester Police Station on 1 May.

Three fingers on the 33-year-old man's left hand were severed at the tip during a scuffle with officers at the station.

The man was taken to hospital for his injuries.

It is understood seven officers are being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC will investigate claims the man was placed in handcuffs after his fingers were severed.

The commission will also follow up allegations there was a significant time delay before the man was taken to hospital.

The Essex force has not commented.

(LM)

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