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Otley hospital consultant in indecent images inquiry dies
7:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A hospital consultant who was the subject of a police investigation into possessing indecent images of children has died.
Kevin Johnston, 40, of Otley, worked at Leeds General Infirmary as a consultant neuroanaesthetist.
He had been arrested and was on bail while inquiries continued.
He was taken to hospital in Merseyside at the weekend and died later in hospital.
There were no suspicious circumstances, officers said.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were notified on the morning of Sunday, August 18, that a 40-year-old man was in a serious condition in hospital after an incident during the afternoon of Saturday, August 17, outside the West Yorkshire area.
“He has now died. There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
“West Yorkshire Police were notified because the man was on police bail having been arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.
“The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”
A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are extremely sorry to hear of the sudden and very sad death of Dr Kevin Johnston, who worked as a consultant neuroanaesthetist at Leeds General Infirmary.
“This news has come as a great shock to his colleagues at the trust and we send every condolence to his family.
“We hope their privacy will be respected at this extremely difficult time. The police are looking into the circumstances of Dr Johnston’s death, and it would be inappropriate for the trust to comment further.”
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that officers are currently investigating the death of a 40-year-old man from Otley.
“The man was taken to Southport and District General Hospital in a serious condition on Saturday evening. He died on Monday August 19.
“A file is being prepared for the coroner.”