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Force admits health and safety breaches over restraint belt death

Thomas Orchard died after an emergency response belt was placed across his face.

CCTV still issued by the Independent Police Complaints Commission of Thomas Orchard in a cell at Heavitree Road police station after he was held down, handcuffed and placed in restraints.

CCTV still issued by the Independent Police Complaints Commission of Thomas Orchard in a cell at Heavitree Road police station after he was held down, handcuffed and placed in restraints.

Date - 19th October 2018
By - JJ Hutber and Press Association
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Devon and Cornwall Police pleaded guilty today to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody. Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and taken...
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