Hundreds attend vigil for father-of-one, 23, who died after being arrested by police as force refers itself to watchdog
Hundreds of people attended an emotional vigil for a father-of-one who died after being arrested by Derbyshire Police.
Dozens of floral tributes and balloons were placed at the end of Morewood Drive on the evening of Thursday, October 28.
Several fireworks were let off as friends and family raised a drink to the 23-year-old man who died, who has been named online as father-of-one Chad Allford.
Police are yet to formally confirm the name of the man who died in the incident in Alfreton, Derbyshire, which took place at around 5pm on Wednesday, October 27.
Several tributes have been left on social media and a post saying ‘£JUSTICE4CHAD’ has been shared over 100 times.
Father-of-one Chad Allford, 23, has been named locally as the man who died in police custody
Hundreds of people attended an emotional vigil for Mr Allford who died after being arrested by Derbyshire Police
Dozens of floral tributes and balloons were placed at the end of Morewood Drive on the evening of Thursday, October 28
Emotions ran high at the vigil, with some visibly upset and angry over his death, including Ashley, a friend of Mr Allford’s for 15 years.
He said: ‘I was a very good friend of Chad’s. I’m distraught, heartbroken, absolutely heartbroken.
‘Chad was such a kind guy, full of life, full of energy. Every time he walked into the room he lit the room up.
‘It’s very nice to see all of the support and I appreciate everyone coming out today.’
Tributes left at the vigil included emotional messages from those who knew Mr Allford.
One said: ‘This is surreal. I can’t believe you’re gone. You will never be forgotten, we promise justice will be served. Until we meet again, angel.’
Another read: ‘I was always very fond of you Chad. You were a decent lad with a good heart. Much love.’
A police cordon remained in place overnight – one person who attended the vigil was seen hitting an empty police van which was parked outside.
No officers appeared to be present at the vigil which was streamed live on social media.
The words ‘RIP Chad’ were sprayed onto the pavement and on an electrical substation at the end of the road.
A police cordon remained in place overnight – one person who attended the vigil was seen hitting an empty police van which was parked outside
The words ‘RIP Chad’ were sprayed onto the pavement and on an electrical substation at the end of the road
Jo Armstrong, who lived nearby and is the mother of one of Mr Allford’s friends, said that people were left wanting to know the truth behind what had happened.
She said: ‘He was funny, loveable, he used to wind me up, but he was a typical kid. He was a decent, decent bloke, he really was.
‘The past 24 hours have been a nightmare. It’s all up in arms at the moment.
‘There are no words. No words can explain anyone’s emotions for this, at all.
‘We want to see justice. I want them to get to the bottom of what has happened.’
Derbyshire police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct – the police watchdog – over the incident and has not released details about why it attended the house where it took place.
A statement released on Thursday said: ‘Just before 5pm last night, Wednesday, October 27, officers attended an address on Morewood Drive in Alfreton.
‘A 23-year-old man was detained who became unwell, he was taken to hospital by ambulance where he later sadly died.
‘The force has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
‘Any further media enquiries are to be directed to them.’