Islington police served “misconduct” notices after restraint of man who died

PUBLISHED: 17:47 29 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:47 29 May 2013

Aberdeen Park in Highbury was closed for several hours after the incident on Tuesday, March 12

Aberdeen Park in Highbury was closed for several hours after the incident on Tuesday, March 12


Police who forcefully restrained a man in the middle of a street before he later died in hospital have been issued with “misconduct notices”, it emerged this week.

Seven officers restrained Darren Neville outside a hostel in Highbury while 17 in total have been issued the notices by police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The officers will now be questioned in interview about the restraint in Aberdeen Park on March 12 at about 7am.

Mr Neville, 28, later died at the Whittington Hospital earlier this month before his funeral last week.

A watchdog spokesman said: “The IPCC’s investigation is examining the events leading up to the police being called and the actions and decision of officers who attended this incident from 7am up to the referral to the IPCC at 2.30pm.

“Investigators have served misconduct notices on 17 officers, all below ACPO rank. Serving a police officer with a notice advises them their conduct is subject to investigation – such notices are not judgmental in any way.”

The watchdog did not respond as to whether the officers would be questioned under caution. The Gazette understands no restrictions have been placed on any of the officers.

It is believed Mr Neville began behaving erratically, smashing himself through a glass door, at about 5am as staff at Norman House hostel called the police.

Anyone with information should contact the IPCC at or call 0800 096 9076.

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