A vigil was held for the father-of-one who was arrested by Derbyshire Police and died. It attracted hundreds of people.

Numerous floral tributes and balloons were placed along Morewood Drive in the evening of Thursday 28 October.

A few fireworks were lit as friends and families raised a glass of wine to the 23 year-old victim, who has been identified online as father-of-1 Chad Allford.

Police have yet to confirm the identity of the man who died in the Alfreton, Derbyshire incident on Wednesday, October 27, at 5:05pm.

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

Locally, Chad Allford (23-year-old father-of-one) has been identified as the man who was taken into police custody.

Hundreds of people attended an emotional vigil for Mr Allford who died after being arrested by Derbyshire Police

Hundreds of people attended an emotional Vigil for Mr Allford, who died shortly after he was taken into custody by the Derbyshire Police

Dozens of floral tributes and balloons were placed at the end of Morewood Drive on the evening of Thursday, October 28

On Thursday, October 28, at 8:15 PM, dozens of balloons and floral tributes were placed at Morewood Drive.

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 a kind, generous, and full of life. He was full of energy. Every time he entered the room, he lit up the place.

‘It’s very nice to see all of the support and I appreciate everyone coming out today.’

The vigil received tributes from people who knew Mr. Allford.

One said: “This is surreal. I can’t believe you’re gone. We promise justice will be served and you will not be forgotten. We will meet again angel.

Another line was: “I was always very fond on you Chad. You were a decent man with a good heart. Much love.

A police cordon remained in effect overnight. One person who attended vigil was seen striking a vacant police van that was parked outside.

The vigil, which was streamed live via social media, had no officers.

The words “RIP Chad” were sprayed on the pavement and at the end of the road by an electrician.

A police cordon remained in place overnight - one person who attended the vigil was seen hitting an empty police van which was parked outside

Overnight, a police perimeter remained in place. One witness who attended the vigil was observed hitting the empty van of a police officer parked outside.

The words 'RIP Chad' were sprayed onto the pavement and on an electrical substation at the end of the road

The words RIP Chad were sprayed onto pavement and on an electric substation at the end.

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, lovedable, he used tangle me up, but was a normal kid. He was a decent, decent man, he 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 justice. I want them all to understand what happened.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct, the watchdog police force in Derbyshire, has been referred to Derbyshire police over the incident. It has not provided details about why it was there.

A statement was issued on Thursday that stated: “Just before 5pm last evening, officers attended an Alfreton address on Morewood Drive.

“A 23-year-old man was taken into custody after becoming ill. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance and later died.

“The force has referred itself the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“Any further media inquiries are to be directed at them.”