POLICE have been urged to review their actions after a man died the night they dropped him off in Banbury.

Larry Buckland passed away at an address he was visiting in Butchers Mews, Banbury, early on June 9.

An inquest into the 56-year-old's death concluded on Tuesday at Oxford Coroner’s Court, where the cause was given as morphine and alcohol toxicity.

Officers from Warwickshire Police picked up Mr Buckland following a 'domestic-type incident' at his son's address that night, but he was not arrested.

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Police asked the civil engineer from Southam, Warwickshire, which house they should take him to, according to a statement by officer PC Amy Turner.

The inquest heard how Mr Buckland's ex-partner would not take him in 'as he had been drinking', while hotels were not open due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The known drug user also declined to see an ambulance and was not presenting as having a mental health episode, the statement added.

Mr Buckland apologised to police for 'wasting their time' and asked to be dropped at Banbury Cross, before visiting the home of Tina Kirby in Butchers Mews.

A statement from Ms Kirby said he 'got up from the sofa before collapsing on the floor', so she put him in the recovery position and left the house to dial 999.

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South Central Ambulance Service was called at 2.41am and after trying to revive Mr Buckland they verified his death at 4.34am.

The case was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which studied body-worn footage and officers' accounts.

The IOPC suggested officers consider a 'reflective review process', where they assess their decisions from the night.

Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter recorded a conclusion of alcohol and drug related death.