The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation into how Lancashire Constabulary responded to a request to check the welfare of a 64-year-old man.
Peter Mitchell was found in a poor state of health by a family member at his home in Accrington on 12 August. He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but died five days later.
The investigation follows a complaint made by his family to Lancashire Constabulary, regarding a request for the police to check Mr Mitchell’s welfare on 11 August.
This complaint was referred to the IPCC by the force and a decision was taken to conduct an independent investigation.
IPCC Commissioner Carl Gumsley said: “My sympathies go to the family and friends of Peter Mitchell. Our investigation will look into the circumstances around this very sad incident and seek to clarify Lancashire Constabulary’s response.”