Rugby man who died after police chase named

The IPCC is appealing for witnesses
The IPCC is appealing for witnesses

A man who died after being chased by police in Rugby has been named as Robert Grimsley.

The 34-year-old from Rugby was pronounced dead at Walsgrave Hospital at 8.17pm on Sunday July 20. Officers in Warwickshire suspected he was involved in the theft of metal in the Pennington Mews area of Rugby.

He ran from the officers but was apprehended and then collapsed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is appealing for witnesses.

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “Our investigation team has met with Robert’s family who are understandably very upset about his death.

“It is our role to establish what happened on that night, and provide answers to any questions they may have.

“We want to speak to anyone who may have seen Robert from around 6pm onwards on Sunday July 20 in Rugby town centre or the Pennington Mews area.

“Did you see Robert or his contact with police? If so, please contact us.

“Any piece of information, no matter how small, might assist our investigation.”

Mr Grimsley is described as being 6ft 1”, of medium build, with short brown hair and a goatee beard. He was wearing union jack shorts, and had no top on with visible tattoos on his chest and arms.

Witnesses can contact the IPCC investigation team on team on 0800 092 2434 or

Initial accounts have been provided by officers who had contact with Mr Grimsley, and local authority CCTV footage has been secured and is being analysed.

A post mortem has been conducted, and the results of further tests are awaited.