Man who died in police custody "shouted to tell officers he couldn't breathe"

A court's heard that a church caretaker from Devon who died after being restrained in police custody shouted to tell officers he was struggling to breathe, a court has heard.

Thomas Orchard died in hospital a week after being arrested and takento Heavitree Road police station in Exeter in October 2012.

Bristol Crown Court heard that Mr Orchard was held down, handcuffed and placed in restraints - with one allegedly used to carry and control his head.

The paranoid schizophrenic was then freed from the restraints - making "little or no movement" - and left lying face down on a blue mattress in his locked cell.

A jury heard that officers didn't re-enter the room for a further 12 minutes, by which time he had suffered a cardiac arrest and wasn't breathing.

Custody sergeant Jan Kingshott, and detention officers SimonTansley and Michael Marsden all deny manslaughter.