January 21, 2015
Investigators seek witnesses after Burnham man died in police custody

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is seeking witnesses who saw a man, who later died in custody, being arrested in Burnham-On-Sea last month.

David Fournier D’albe, 40, had been arrested at about 9.25pm on Sunday December 28th 2014 in College Street after a fire, reported here.

He was taken to the force’s custody suite in Bridgwater, where he was charged with being drunk and disorderly and hindering a member of the fire service and was remanded in custody.

But shortly after arriving at the custody suite he was taken to hospital. After being discharged from hospital in the early hours of Monday, December 29th 2014, a medical practitioner declared Mr Fournier D’albe fit to be detained and he returned to custody.

He was then charged and remanded in police custody to appear before magistrates the following day on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014.

At about 3.20am on that day Mr Fourner D’albe was found unresponsive in his cell. First aid was started and paramedics called, but he was pronounced dead soon after.

The IPCC was informed of the death by Avon and Somerset Police and investigators were deployed straight away to the custody suite and post incident process.

The custody cell was forensically examined, and CCTV and custody records are being analysed. A post mortem has been conducted and the results of further tests are awaited.

As part of their independent investigation IPCC investigators are now appealing for any witnesses to Mr Fournier D’albe’s arrest in College Street on December 28th last year.

Witnesses can contact the investigation via email or telephone 0800 096 9075.

IPCC Commissioner, Cindy Butts, said: "My thoughts are with Mr Fournier D’albe’s family at this difficult time."

"Investigators have met with them to explain our role and will provide updates as they progress. Our investigation will look at the contact between Mr Fournier D’albe and officers from the point of his arrest."

"This will include the use of any restraint or force, the care he received in custody and whether the checks conducted on him while in his cell were appropriate."

Fire crews tackled the fire from the back of the property in College Street


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