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Merseyside Police sergeant admits breaching policy over man who fell from police van

A MAN left critically ill after falling from a Merseyside police van was not being properly supervised at the time, an inquiry found.

Waterloo man Dean Hill was left fighting for his life after suffering serious head injuries in January this year.

A report from The Independent Police Complaints Commission said a Sergeant on duty failed to properly supervise Mr Hill, of Denmark Street. He will now face “management action”.

Mr Hill, then 23, was arrested near The George Pub in Crosby Village in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug, handcuffed and placed in a police van.

Another arrested man was in the van’s cage and Mr Hill was put in the passenger compartment.

The sergeant went to help a colleague who was chasing another man on foot and drove to De Villiers Avenue, where the chase ended.

He saw the passenger door was open and Mr Hill had “fallen or jumped” from the vehicle. He suffered serious head injuries but has since made a good recovery.