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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 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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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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