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The future of Nick Gargan could be decided

Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan Credit: PA: Andrew Parsons

The Police Inspectorate is expected to give its verdict on the future of Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan this afternoon.

The Chief Constable was found guilty of eight counts of misconduct by an independent panel.

He remains suspended on full pay and has been asked to resign by the area's Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

Avon & Somerset Police 'tweetathon'

Avon and Somerset police are running a 24 hour 'tweetathon' today - to raise awareness of the rise in non-emergency calls made to 999. They receive on average 3,000 calls a day, and only a fifth are emergencies.

They started tweeting calls at midnight, and will also tweet some of the more unusual calls made in the last year.

Here's a selection of tweets from the tweetathon so far.

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Footage from the night the man who died in police custody was arrested

The 40-year-old man who died at the new police custody centre in Bridgwater had been arrested at the scene of a fire in Burnham on Sea.

Now the IPCC is appealing to anyone who witnessed his arrest.

This footage was taken on the night of the fire.

Credit: Burnham-On-Sea.com

Investigation underway after man died in police custody in Bridgwater

Cells at the custody centre in Bridgwater Credit: ITV

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death of a man who died in police custody in Bridgwater.

40-year old David Fournier D’albe died in Avon and Somerset Police’s Bridgwater Custody Suite on Tuesday December 30th.

Mr Fournier D’albe was arrested on Sunday 28th December in Burnham-on-Sea. Shortly after arriving at the custody suite he was taken to hospital.

In the early hours of Monday 29th a medical practitioner declared him fit to be detained and he returned to custody. He was charged and remanded in police custody to appear before magistrates on Tuesday.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning Mr Fournier D’albe was found unresponsive in his cell. First aid was started and paramedics called but he was pronounced dead soon after.

The IPCC is now investigating. The 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 investigation IPCC investigators are appealing for any witnesses to Mr Fournier D’albe’s arrest.

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 is looking 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.”

– PCC Commissioner Cindy Butts

Man who died in custody arrested at fire in Somerset

The 40-year-old man had been arrested at the scene of a fire in Burnham-on-Sea Credit: Burnham-on-Sea.com

A 40-year-old man who died at the new police custody centre in Bridgwater had been arrested at the scene of a fire in Burnham on Sea.

Crews were called to College Street on Sunday night, 28 December. The man was arrested and taken to the custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park, where he was charged for being drunk and disorderly and hindering a member of the fire service.

He was found unresponsive and later died early yesterday morning, Tuesday 30 December.

The death was referred to the IPCC, which is investigating.

Emergency crews at the scene of the fire in Burnham-on-Sea Credit: Burnham-on-Sea.com

BREAKING: Death in police custody in Somerset

The man was being held at the new police custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park Credit: ITV News

A 40-year-old man has died while being held at the new police custody centre in Bridgwater.

He was arrested on Sunday December 28 after a fire in College Street, Burnham-on-Sea. He was taken to the custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park, where he was charged for being drunk and disorderly and hindering a member of the fire service. He was remanded in police custody to appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court yesterday, Tuesday 30 December.

The man was checked at about 4am that morning and found to be unresponsive. Paramedics were called in but he was pronounced dead at approximately 4.10am.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

Cells at the new custody centre in Bridgwater Credit: ITV News

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Chief Constable misconduct hearing will be in private

Nick Gargan denies any wrongdoing Credit: PA

A gross misconduct hearing into the actions of the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset will not be held in public.

Nick Gargan was suspended from his role in May accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women and disclosing confidential information. The Independent Police Complaints Commission consulted on holding the hearing in the open but found that vulnerable witnesses should be protected in giving evidence. Mr Gargan denies the claims.

Chief Constable misconduct hearing will be in private

Nick Gargan denies any wrongdoing Credit: PA

A gross misconduct hearing into the actions of the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset will not be held in public.

Nick Gargan was suspended from his role in May accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women and disclosing confidential information. The Independent Police Complaints Commission consulted on holding the hearing in the open but found that vulnerable witnesses should be protected in giving evidence. Mr Gargan denies the claims.

Chief Constable panel could be held in public

Chief Constable Nick Gargan was suspended in May amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff. Credit: PA

A gross misconduct hearing for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset could be held in public.

Nick Gargan is accused of making inappropriate advances to female colleagues, and disclosing confidential information.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission can hold hearings in public if it decides there are exceptional circumstances. It is holding a consultation on the issue which will run until Wednesday 10 December.

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