Investigation following Teville Gate death

Investigation following Teville Gate death


The man who tragically died after falling from Teville Gate car park on  July 23rd was named today as Richard Copithorn.

Richard, a 41-year-old man, lived alone in King Edward Avenue, Worthing.

Detective Chief Inspector Pierre Serra said: “We are investigating the circumstances on behalf of the Coroner. His death was unexpected but is not being treated as suspicious.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident to call police on 101 to help us understand exactly what happened.

“Sussex Police, along with two other agencies, had been working together to support Richard Copithorn.

“Our sympathies go to Richard’s family following his death. We also pledge our full assistance to the IPCC review into previous police interaction with Mr Copithorn.”

Police are liaising with local partners regarding multi-agency interaction with Mr Copithorn over the last two years.  Sussex Police are to review their actions to see if there are lessons to be learned in how they responded to and supported Mr Copithorn.

In addition, Sussex Police referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because of their earlier contact with Mr Copithorn, most recently their response to a telephone call to the police contact centre the day before his death. This afternoon, the IPCC confirmed they are managing the investigation into prior police contact.