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Police watchdog to investigate Leicestershire Police after man dies in custody

A man has died while being held in custody by Leicestershire Police and the force has named the man as Sebastian Zarnoch.

Zarnoch was being questioned by detectives following the disappearance of Gabriela Kosilko.

While being held in police custody, the 30-year-old was found unresponsive in his cell on Wednesday (6 September) morning. Despite the efforts of the custody staff he was pronounced dead shortly after.

Given the man died in police custody, in line with procedure, a mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who have begun an independent investigation.

Leicestershire Police said: “The force will fully co-operate with this investigation.

“Detectives investigating Gabriela’s murder are continuing to carry out enquiries in relation to her death.

“Officers have established the pair were known to each other.

“Once all enquiries have been completed, a file will be submitted to HM Coroner and will form part of the inquest process. Further information relating to this will be a matter for the coroner’s office.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Sinski, from East Midlands Special Operations Unit Murder Investigation Team, said: “We continue to investigate the full circumstances surround Gabriela’s death so please get in touch if you have any information that could assist.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with her death and as such the investigation file will be submitted to the coroner to be heard as part of the inquest.

“We understand local communities may continue to feel the effects of the events of the last few days. Please speak to local officers in your area if you have any concerns or contact police at www.leics.police.uk.”

(Source: Leicestershire Police)

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