Police were called to Pontins near Lowestoft following reports of an assault

A Pontins holidaymaker has died after being ‘violently restrained by security guards’ and arrested by police following a bust-up at the holiday park.

Paul Gladwell, 38, from Colchester, Essex, was arrested on suspicion of assault after a row with another guest at Pontins Pakefield, near Lowestoft, Suffolk, on Tuesday night.

An ambulance was called after Mr Gladwell became ill shortly after the arrest and the dad reportedly needed to be resuscitated four times before being placed into an induced coma.

The dad-of-three’s life support machine was switched off earlier today.

His heartbroken sister-in-law Tiazah Rogers, 20, claimed up to three security guards held his arms and legs while another kneeled on his neck before police failed to notice he had fallen unconscious as he was carried away.

She said: "(Police) turned up and carried him out the building into a riot van and said he was ‘asleep’, when in actual fact he was unconscious due to lack of oxygen to the brain from the security guard kneeling on his neck.

"The police neglected the fact he was passed out in the building and just carried him out when they should have observed his situation and called paramedics.

"When they realised something was wrong they took him to hospital where he had to be resuscitated and died 4 times before being put into an induced coma due to his brain being very swollen and bleeding."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now investigating his death.

An IPCC spokesman said: “Paul Gladwell, 38, from Colchester was initially detained by staff at Pontins Holiday Park, London Road, Kessingland, Lowestoft at about 11.40pm, 14 February and subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault.

“While being transported to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre in a police van officers became concerned for his wellbeing, stopped the van, and contacted an ambulance.

“The man was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance in a critical condition. Sadly earlier today, 16 February, Mr Gladwell was pronounced dead.

“The incident was referred to the IPCC, an independent investigation has been launched, and a team has attended the scene and post incident procedure. His family has been informed.

“Investigators are carrying out house-to-house enquiries, speaking to witnesses and gathering CCTV footage.
“IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s relatives and friends at this difficult time.

"Our investigators will be conducting a thorough enquiry into all the circumstances surrounding his interaction with the police.”

A Suffolk Police statement said: ‘Police were called around 11.45pm on Tuesday night, 14 February, to reports of an altercation at premises at London Road, Pakefield, Lowestoft.

"Officers attended and found a man in his late 30s had been detained by staff on the site. The man was arrested on suspicion of assault.

"As he was being transported to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre in a marked police van he became unwell. The man was then taken to the James Paget hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

"As is standard procedure in cases of this nature, the incident has been referred to the IPCC .A full investigation into what happened is underway"

Pontins has been contacted for comment.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the IPCC by email at witness@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk or by telephone on 0800 096 9070.