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IPCC submits Andrew Pimlott file to the CPS

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has completed its investigation concerning the death in Plymouth of Andrew Pimlott last year and submitted a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Two police officers were called to an address in the Honicknowle area on 18 April 2013 following an emergency call from an occupant. The caller advised that Mr Pimlott, 32, was in the garden with a can of flammable liquid.

Shortly after the police arrived, Mr Pimlott sustained serious burn injuries and an ambulance and fire brigade were called. An officer deployed a Taser during the incident. Mr Pimlott was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and subsequently transferred to the burns unit at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. He died in hospital on 23 April from his injuries.

Devon and Cornwall Police mandatorily referred his death to the IPCC and an independent investigation was undertaken.

The IPCC interviewed both officers who attended along with other witnesses. The investigation has also gathered views from expert witnesses.

The IPCC has now concluded its investigation and sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the actions of the one officer who deployed the Taser. It will now be for the CPS to determine whether any criminal charges are merited

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