A watchdog is investigating claims that Avon and Somerset police officers lied during an inquest into the death of a mentally ill man.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has served five Avon and Somerset staff - including three serving police officers - with notices of gross misconduct over the death of 25-year-old James Herbert.
The former public schoolboy died from a cardiac arrest in June 2010 after being detained under the Mental Health Act by officers from Avon and Somerset Police.
An inquest last year heard that Mr Herbert, who had taken drugs, was restrained before being left naked in a police cell at Yeovil police station.
Mr Herbert, a data recovery engineer, was later found to be unresponsive and was taken to Yeovil District Hospital by ambulance where he was declared dead.
An inquest jury returned a narrative conclusion that Mr Herbert, who lived in Wells, died from "cardio-respiratory arrest in a man intoxicated by synthetic cathinones causing acute disturbance following restraint and struggle against restraint".
The jury also highlighted factors that may have contributed to Mr Herbert's death, such as the lack of communication between police officers about Mr Herbert's mental health, drug use and previous incidents; the failure to call for medical assistance while he was being taken to the police station and the need for closer monitoring of him during that journey.
The police watchdog said it was looking at "whether the police at any stage colluded to give false accounts and/or lied during their evidence at the inquest".
A spokeswoman said: "Following the inquest into the death of James Herbert, Avon and Somerset Police received a letter from Mr Herbert's family detailing a number of complaints including concerns that officers colluded or lied during their evidence, and about the conduct of the force during the inquest proceedings.
"These complaints were referred to the IPCC which decided to carry out an independent investigation.
"The IPCC has looked at the evidence provided to the IPCC as part of the original investigation into Mr Herbert's death.
"A number of areas relating to the treatment of Mr Herbert on June 10 are now being investigated further.
"As well as investigating whether the police at any stage colluded to give false accounts and/or lied during their evidence at the inquest, the IPCC is examining the actions and decisions of police officers or staff who had any involvement with James on the day of his death."
Three police officers, one former police officer and one member of police staff have been served with gross misconduct notices advising them that their conduct is subject to investigation.
"The notices relate to the investigation into the circumstances of Mr Herbert's death. Such notices are not judgemental in any way," the spokeswoman added.
A detective has praised the public for their actions after a sex assault in an underpass in Yeovil.
Matthew Farwell was jailed for four and a half years at Bristol Crown Court yesterday (2 September 2014) for attacking a woman in January - Her screams were heard by a patient at Yeovil District Hospital which led to a nurse calling the police.
The victim also managed to flag down a taxi driver who took her to the A&E department at the hospital.
The investigating officer also praised Farwell's colleagues at RNAS Yeovilton, who helped the investigation.
This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was violently attacked before being overpowered and sexually assaulted.
It’s no exaggeration to say she thought she was going to be killed and this assault has had a long-lasting impact on her, as well as those close to her.
I’d like to praise all the members of the public whose actions helped the victim at her time of need, including the patient and nurse at the hospital who raised the alarm and the taxi driver who drove her to hospital.
Their actions are among the few positives to come out of this distressing case.
I’d also like to praise Farwell’s colleagues from RNAS Yeovilton who did everything they could to assist our investigation. Some of them had been out with Farwell on the evening leading up to the assault and their evidence helped piece together what happened.
When he was interviewed, Farwell repeatedly denied sexually assaulting the victim but this was disproved by DNA evidence and the accounts of witnesses and he was left with no option but to plead guilty at court.
A 28-year-old man from Yeovil has been seriously injured after being hit by a police car. It happened on Saturday evening (23 August) on the B3146 between Dorchester and Sherborne.
Dorset Police say one of their vehicles was in pursuit of a black Peugeot GTI which hit a road sign. The driver got out and then collided with the police car.
The man was taken to Dorset County Hospital with a seriously injured arm. He was arrested for driving offences.
I am appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward and contact police.
I would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the manner of driving of either vehicle leading up to the collision.
A 29 year old man has been charged with a stabbing in Yeovil. Kier Tong from Newton Road is accused of wounding with intent and possession of a blade after a man was stabbed at a house in Newton Road yesterday morning. The man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. Tong is due in court tomorrow morning.
It's three days and counting to the start of the new football season. As part of our series of profiles of all our main teams - today we look at the prospects for Yeovil Town.
This time a year ago the team was buoyant after promotion to the Championship, but relegation followed, and Town are now back in League One.
Tim Walsh reports:
A long serving policewoman from Yeovil is swapping her regular beat in Somerset for the war-torn country of South Sudan in Africa.
For the next two years Jackie Gold is taking on a new international policing role with the United Nations. Bob Constantine reports.
Two Somerset men have been named as one of the four Britons feared dead after the yacht they were sailing in capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.
56 year old Paul Goslin from Yeovil and 52 year old Steve Warren from Bridgwater were part of the crew on the Cheeki Rafiki returning from a sailing regatta in the Caribbean.
The yacht got into difficulties near Cape Cod in Massachusetts on Thursday. A search rescue for the crew has this afternoon been called off.
"We searched with multiple assets over 4,000 square miles for pings from the vessel's personal locator beacons.
"After receiving no more transmissions we believe that we would have found them by now if we were going to find them.
"These beacons are small devices and the ones being used have a very short battery life."
Yeovil Town Ladies face their biggest game since they entered the Women's Super League tonight when they take on Bristol Academy in the Continental Cup at Stoke Gifford.
The match has been dubbed the "Battle of the South West" but Yeovil know they start the game as underdogs.
Defender Natalie Haigh says it's a brilliant opportunity.
Two injured workmen who were trapped inside a collapsed building in Yeovil have been rushed to hospital.
Emergency services were called to a construction site on Boundary Road shortly after midday.
They were freed from the wreckage and taken to hospital by ambulance. A man in his early twenties suffered head and leg injuries and was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. A second casualty, in his 60s, was taken to Yeovil District Hospital with minor injuries.
Yeovil Town's final game in the Championship has ended with a heavy 4-1 defeat to Middlesbrough at Huish Park.