Man who died after Kirkcaldy incident named

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A man who died after an incident in Kirkcaldy on Saturday evening has been named.

He has been identified as 31-year-old Sheku Bayoh, and it is believed he died shortly after being taken into custody by police.

Following the incident, in which a female officer was also injured, the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has now launched an investigation.

A spokesman for the PIRC said: “The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has directed the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) to carry out an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 31-year-old Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh in Kirkcaldy on Sunday, May 3 who had been detained by police shortly before his death.

“A report on the PIRC’s findings will be submitted to the COPFS in due course.

“As this is a live investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Police Scotland confirmed yesterday (Sunday) that they were called to the incident in the Hayfield Road area in the early hours of the morning.

The officer injured was not stabbed, contrary to some earlier reports.

Garry McEwan, Fife Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent, said: “This is a tragic set of circumstances and my condolences go to the man’s family.”