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Otley doctor dies while being investigated
7:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Local news
The inquest into the sudden death of a senior doctor from Otley who was being investigated by police has been opened.
Consultant anaesthetist Kevin Johnston, 40, who worked at Leeds General Infirmary, died at Southport and District General Hospital in Merseyside on Monday, August 19.
Dr Johnston, who lived in Otley, was on bail after being arrested by West Yorkshire Police on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.
He had been staying in Southport, where he was originally from, when he was found, seriously ill, on Saturday, August 17, and taken to hospital.
Dr Johnston’s identity and initial details about his death were confirmed at Sefton Coroner’s Court this week, where an inquest was opened and adjourned.
In an earlier statement a West Yorkshire Police spokesman had said: “Police were notified on the morning of Sunday, August 18, that a 40-year-old Leeds 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.”