21 Sep 2015

Man dies in police custody

2:31 pm on 21 September 2015

A man has died while in police custody in Rotorua.

Police said ambulance staff called them to help with a man they believed was intoxicated at 3pm on Saturday in the city's CBD.

The 52-year-old was taken to the police station where custody staff became concerned about his welfare.

Police said a police doctor assessed him and an ambulance was called, but his condition deteriorated and he died.

They said a post-mortem would be carried out, and enquiries are being made into the man's last movements.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has also been notified.