Family pay tribute to custody death man

THE family of a man who died while in police custody have paid tribute to a devoted father who was passionate about music and art.The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death of Ian Snelling, from Felixstowe, and his family said they wanted anyone with information to come forward.

THE family of a man who died while in police custody have paid tribute to a devoted father who was passionate about music and art.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death of Ian Snelling, from Felixstowe, and his family said they wanted anyone with information to come forward.

The 51-year-old was arrested at VK1 Off Licence in Undercliff Road, Felixstowe, on suspicion of theft shortly after 11.30am on Friday, September 1.

He was taken to a cell at the town's police station on High Road West to await interview but at 1.15pm officers became concerned for his welfare and paramedics were called.


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Attempts to revive Mr Snelling failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene just after 2pm.

Last night his family appealed for anyone who might have information surrounding his death to contact place.

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A statement issued on their behalf said: “Ian was a kind, considerate, caring son and a devoted father to his two daughters who describe him as their rock.

“Music and art was Ian's passion, and his death has been a great shock to all who knew him, especially his family.

“We are finding it difficult to come to terms with. There are so many questions we want answering and ask anyone with any information to come forward.”

The IPCC was called in and is now looking for witnesses who may be able to help pinpoint Mr Snelling's movements on that day. It has appointed a senior officer from Norfolk Constabulary to carry out the investigation.

IPCC commissioner Len Jackson said: “Mr Snelling was arrested at the off-licence at approximately 11.25am.

“I would like anyone who was in the vicinity of the parade of shops on Undercliff Road West between

11.15am and 11.40am on September 1 and who may have seen Mr Snelling to contact the witness appeal line.

“In addition I would appeal for anyone who believes they may have seen Mr Snelling earlier that day or may have information relating to Mr Snelling's actions to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Norfolk police on 0845 4564567.

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