Investigations into death of father-of-three after arrest at Pontins is ‘almost complete’

PUBLISHED: 08:55 16 September 2018

Pontins, Pakefield.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Pontins, Pakefield. PHOTO: Nick Butcher


An independent police conduct investigation, which was launched after a man died following an arrest at a holiday park, is “almost complete”.

Pontins holiday park in Pakefield. Picture: Archant.Pontins holiday park in Pakefield. Picture: Archant.

Investigations began in February 2017 following the death of father-of three Paul Gladwell, from Colchester.

The 38-year-old was initially detained by staff at Pontins Holiday Park in Pakefield at 11.40pm on February 14 after what is believed to have been an altercation with another guest.

Suffolk Police were called to the site and Mr Gladwell was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault. But while being transported to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre in a police van, officers became concerned for his wellbeing as Mr Gladwell had fallen ill. They stopped the police van and contacted an ambulance.

Mr Gladwell was treated at the scene and taken to James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston in a critical condition. After a CT scan he was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, but on Thursday, February 16 Mr Gladwell was pronounced dead.

The incident was referred to the Independent Office For Police Conduct (IOPC), then known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

After Mr Gladwell’s death, an independent investigation was launched, with investigators visiting the scene, conducting house-to-house enquiries, speaking to witnesses and gathering CCTV footage.

In December last year, a spokesman for the IPCC said: “The independent IPCC investigation launched following the death of Paul Reynolds, also known as Paul Gladwell, is progressing well. Three police officers have been interviewed under criminal caution and work has begun on the final report.”

That final report stage has now progressed further as the criminal investigation into the three police officers is close to completion. A spokesman for the IOPC said: “The investigation is almost complete and our final report is undergoing quality assurance.

“During our investigation three Suffolk Police officers were interviewed under criminal caution. That a person is interviewed under criminal caution is in no way an indication of guilt, or that any form of disciplinary action will be taken.”

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