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Police cleared over Druids Heath tower block death plunge

2014-05-28 19:29:06

Demetre Fraser
Demetre Fraser

A police watchdog has cleared officers of any blame after a man died when he fell from the 11th floor of a Birmingham tower block in a bid to escape arrest.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission ruled that officers who attempted to apprehend Demetre Fraser from an address in Moor House, Druids Heath, were not to blame for his death.

Mr Fraser, 21, died from the fall when two uniformed West Midlands Police officers arrived at the flat to arrest him on suspicion of breaching bail conditions.

Having failed to get a response at the flat that was protected by a locked steel gate, the police officers discovered a badly-hurt man on grass below near the tower block. He was transferred to hospital where he subsequently died of his injuries.

Demetre Fraser Tribute
Tributes to Demetre Fraser outside Moor House, Druid's Lane, Druid's Heath

The investigation, which was delayed until the conclusion of an inquest into Mr Fraser’s death, decided it was a tragic accident caused by the man jumping or climbing from the flat to avoid arrest.

An inquest jury at Birmingham Coroner's Court in April also found that Mr Fraser's death was accidental.

IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: "My thoughts are with Demetre's friends and family.

"I know there was a lot of speculation and anger expressed after Mr Fraser died regarding the circumstances of his death and that is in part why the IPCC decided to conduct an independent investigation.

"Our investigation found no evidence to indicate the officers made any more contact than knocking on the door of his flat on the morning that he died.

"Mr Fraser's mother also made a number of complaints that were explored thoroughly as part our investigation and none were upheld. We shared our report and its findings with Mr Fraser's mother some months ago."

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