UPDATE THURSDAY 6PM: Independent police force investigators visit Spalding as enquiry starts after man dies following arrest at town store
An independent body which examines the conduct of police officers has visited Spalding after the death of man arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.
A team of investigators from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) visited Sainsbury's, Holland Market, Spalding, where a 43-year-old man collapsed after suffering what was described as a "cardiac arrest" on Tuesday.
The man had been held by security staff at the store in connection with the theft of goods.
Police arrived shortly after 1.45pm and arrested the man at which point he was taken ill and was given first aid by officers and staff at Sainsbury's.
The man was eventually airlifted to Lincoln County Hospital where he later died on Tuesday night.
In a statement, an IOPC spokesman said: "We have begun an independent investigation into police contact with a man detained at a supermarket in Spalding who later died in hospital.
"Staff at the Sainsbury's store in Spalding notified police that a man was being held there on suspicion of theft at about 1.45pm on Tuesday, January 8.
"We understand that when two police officers arrived, they arrested a 43-year-old man who was being restrained by staff at the store.
"It soon became apparent that the man was unwell and an ambulance was called while officers and staff commenced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
"The man was then taken by air ambulance to Lincoln County Hospital but sadly died there at around 9.45pm that evening.
"After being informed by Lincolnshire Police, we sent investigators to the scene who carried out post- incident procedures to begin our enquiries."
The IOPC routinely investigates cases where a person who has come into direct or indirect contact with the police either dies or is seriously injured or died.
However, according to IOPC guidelines, this is only in cases where the contact may have caused or contributed to the death or injury.
THURSDAY 1.50PM: Man arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Spalding suffered a 'cardiac arrest', according to Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
A man who died in hospital after being arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at a Spalding superstore suffered a "cardiac arrest", according to an emergency medical charity.
Police were called to Sainsbury's, Holland Market, Spalding, at 1.45pm, on reports that a man had been held in connection with the theft of items from the shop.
But an hour later, paramedics and an air ambulance were sent for after the man collapsed at the store, off Winfrey Avenue, Spalding.
After receiving first aid from police and staff at the store, the man was airlifted to Lincoln County Hospital where he later died.
A Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance spokesman said: "On Tuesday, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance was dispatched to a cardiac arrest in Spalding shortly before 4pm.
"Our air ambulance arrived on scene in just 13 minutes and our crew treated a male patient before airlifting him to Lincoln County Hospital in just 22 minutes, a journey that by land could have taken up to an hour.
"This was one of two potentially life-saving missions our crew undertook on this day, the other being a road traffic collision near Scunthorpe."
Meanwhile, Lincolnshire Police has referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct for its staff to conduct their own investigation.
THURSDAY 12.30PM: Police under investigation after man arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Spalding dies in hospital
An investigation has started into the conduct of police after a man suspected of shoplifting in Spalding died at a county hospital.
Police were called to Sainsbury's, Holland Market, Spalding, where a man was held on suspicion of stealing goods from the shop on Tuesday.
Officers arrived at 1.45pm and arrested the man who subsequently became ill.
Just over an hour later, paramedics and an air ambulance were called to the store where the man had been given medical treatment by store staff and police.
The man was then flown to Lincoln County Hospital where a Lincolnshire Police spokesman confirmed that the man later died.
The spokesman said: "Police were called to the Sainsbury's store in Spalding at around 1.45 pm on Tuesday upon a report of a man who had been detained on suspicion of theft from the store.
"Upon police arrival, the man was arrested but it became apparent that he was unwell.
"Officers and staff gave first aid to the man who was taken by air ambulance to Lincoln County Hospital.
"Unfortunately, the man subsequently died at hospital.
"An investigation has been commenced into the circumstances of the death for which enquiries are continuing.
"Additionally, the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who are conducting an independent investigation."
An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We received a call at 2.49pm on Tuesday to Sainsbury’s where a caller reported that someone had collapsed.
"We sent the air ambulance and two crewed ambulances, with one patient being taken to Lincoln County Hospital by air ambulance."
An IOPC spokesman said its investigation was at the "early stages".
However, a Sainsbury's spokesman said: "We are saddened to hear this news and will support the police investigation in any way we can."
THURSDAY 10.35AM: Man taken to hospital after medical emergency at supermarket in Spalding
A man was taken to hospital after collapsing at a supermarket in Spalding on Tuesday.
Paramedics, along with a Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance helicopter, were sent to Sainsbury's, Holland Market, Spalding, just before 2.50pm.
An East Midlands Air Ambulance spokesman confirmed that the man was flown to Lincoln County Hospital, but their condition is not yet known.