seek witnesses after Burnham man died in police custody
Independent Police Complaints Commission is seeking witnesses
who saw a man, who later died in custody, being arrested in Burnham-On-Sea
Fournier Dalbe, 40, had been arrested at about 9.25pm on
Sunday December 28th 2014 in College Street after a fire, reported
was taken to the forces 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.
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
Dalbe fit to be detained and he returned to custody.
was then charged and remanded in police custody to appear before
magistrates the following day on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014.
about 3.20am on that day Mr Fourner Dalbe was found unresponsive
in his cell. First aid was started and paramedics called, but
he was pronounced dead soon after.
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.
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.
part of their independent investigation IPCC investigators are
now appealing for any witnesses to Mr Fournier Dalbes
arrest in College Street on December 28th last year.
can contact the investigation via email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 0800 096 9075.
Commissioner, Cindy Butts, said: "My thoughts are with Mr
Fournier Dalbes family at this difficult time."
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 Dalbe and officers from the point of his arrest."
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."
crews tackled the fire from the back of the property in College