18th Nov, 2017

Darren Cumberbatch funeral to take place at Coventry Cathedral

A funeral is to be held at Coventry Cathedral on November 18 for Darren Cumberbatch who died following police contact in Nuneaton.

Coventry was the home town of the 32-year-old whose death has sparked a wide campaign for a full investigation.

It has been announced his funeral will take place next Saturday, at 11am.

Mr Cumberbatch died on July 19, and a candlelit vigil later took place at the cathedral ruins.

A statement released today states: “The family want it to be a celebration of Darren’s life and wants this to be a service showing the continual outpouring of love and support following Darren’s untimely death.”

He died nine days after being arrested and became unwell in the presence of police.

Warwickshire Police had been called to an address in Nuneaton in the early hours of July 10, following reports about alleged conduct by Mr Cumberbatch.

He was taken to hospital where he later died.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating.

It has reviewed CCTV from the premises and hospital.

Mr Cumberbatch’s family’s lawyer has said an incident happened before he was taken to the George Eliot Hospital and it was “possible that a further relevant event” happened there.

The IPCC said in July: “We know that he became unwell while the police were on the premises and he was then transported to a local hospital.

“We are independently investigating the circumstances of Mr Cumberbatch’s death and the contact the police had with him.”

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