Inquiry over arrested man's broken neck

An inquiry is to be held into the care of a man arrested in Bristol who was found to have broken bones in his neck.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said paramedics called Avon and Somerset Police on 7 March to a man in West Street.

After treatment for a fall, he was arrested for being drunk and placed in custody at Trinity Road Police station.

He was taken to Frenchay Hospital the next day after complaining he could not move and the broken bones were found.

'Unable to speak'

The constabulary referred the incident to the IPCC which will investigate.

IPCC Commissioner Rebecca Marsh said they were keen to trace the man's movements before he was arrested.

"We do not know yet how or when this man sustained his neck injuries as he is unable to speak at the moment.

"Our investigation will look at the risk assessment made when he was accepted into custody, including how he was treated."

The man is described as a white, aged 61, heavily built and balding with close-cut grey hair.

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