Investigation under way into death of 20-year-old man in Newtown

23 Dec 2019 02:52 PM

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is progressing an investigation into the death of a 20-year-old man following police contact in Newtown.

Dylan Garbe-Ashton was stopped by Dyfed-Powys Police officers at a petrol station shortly before midnight on Friday 22 November. He was taken to Newtown Police Station by police van and was at the custody desk when he became unwell around 20 minutes later. 

An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital. Sadly, Mr Garbe-Ashton died the next day.

Director for Wales Catrin Evans said: “I wish to express my sincere condolences to Mr Garbe-Ashton’s family and friends for their loss. This was a traumatic incident for all involved and our investigators are working hard to establish what happened.

“We sent investigators to the scene and to the post incident procedures to begin gathering evidence including CCTV and body-worn video, and to take initial accounts from any witnesses including officers at the police station. As Mr Garbe-Ashton sadly died in hospital hours after being detained by police, it is appropriate we independently examine all the circumstances.”

The Coroner has been informed and a post-mortem examination held.  At this time the cause of death is unknown but further tests are ongoing.