A JUDGE has revoked a suspended sentence order after being told that the defendant it related to had died while in police custody.

Claire Harper, 41, was detained by West Yorkshire Police in the early hours of January 7 and taken to Trafalgar House in Bradford (pictured).

She was later found “unconscious and unresponsive” in her police cell and despite being rushed to hospital, doctors were unable to revive her. The incident is being investigated by the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Harper had been given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, in July last year linked to a failed arson attempt on a house on Maidstone Street, Bradford, on December 30, 2016.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said Harper’s death was “very sad”, and revoked the probation order.