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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.

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

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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

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.

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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.

Statement on PCC decision regarding Chief Constable Nick Gargan

The Chief Police Officers’ Staff Association (CPOSA) has issued a statement following the decision by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner to call for a misconduct hearing into allegations of inappropriate misconduct by Chief Constable Nick Gargan.

We await specific details of the alleged breaches of the Police Code of Conduct. It would be inappropriate to comment until they have been provided - except to say that Chief Constable Gargan will continue to cooperate fully with the process and wants to get back to work as quickly as possible.

– Spokesman for the Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA)

Chief Constable to face misconduct hearing

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

Nick Gargan, the Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset, who was suspended in May amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff will face a misconduct hearing.

It follows an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the allegations.

Nick Gargan denies any inappropriate behaviour towards women.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has made a full statement on the decision:

Following the conclusion of the IPCC’s investigation into allegations in relation to the improper disclosure of information and inappropriate behaviour towards women, made about Chief Constable Nick Gargan, I was provided with the IPCC’s report and had 15 working days to make a decision on whether or not to refer the matter to misconduct proceedings.

The IPCC put forward a number of recommendations regarding Nick Gargan. In accordance with those recommendations, I have made the decision there is a case to answer for gross misconduct and therefore I will refer the allegations to a misconduct hearing in front of an independent misconduct panel. I will not be involved in the misconduct panel.

The misconduct panel will consist of a leading counsel from a Home Office agreed list, who will act as Chair of the Panel, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary or another HMIC inspector of constabulary nominated by him and an independent member of the public.

The members of the panel will decide if the allegations are proven or not and will present their recommendations to me. I will ensure that these recommendations are made public.

The exact timing of the misconduct panel will depend on various factors, however it will take place as soon as possible, hopefully in the next few months.

– Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner
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