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The father of a man with mental health problems who died while in custody has criticised the way police dealt with his son on the night he died. Tony Herbert wasn't told of his son's death until hours later.
The coroner at James Herbert's inquest said he's writing to the chief constable to raise a number of concerns. The police told us today, their cells are not the place such patients should be held.
The police have released the following statement after the James Herbert inquest. In it they said their cells are not the place for patients suffering from mental health problems to be held.
The coroner at the inquest said he's writing to the chief constable to raise a number of concerns. In response the Chief Superintendent said the following:
A jury has recorded a narrative verdict in the death of a man who died in police custody. James Herbert, 25, died at Yeovil Police Station three years ago.
The jury in an inquest into the death of a man who died in police custody is continuing its deliberations today. James Herbert, 25, died at Yeovil Police Station three years ago.
He'd been detained in Wells hours earlier under the Mental Health Act. There had been numerous calls to police about his behaviour in the city.