Bridgwater police custody death investigation under way

New custody suites in Bridgwater, Somerset
Image caption Fournier D'albe died while in the custody suite in Bridgwater

Investigators examining the death of a man in police custody in Bridgwater are waiting for the results of tests following a post-mortem examination.

David Fournier D'albe, 40, was held following a fire in Burnham-on-Sea last month and died in the Avon and Somerset Police custody suite two days later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is examining his case.

IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts has appealed for witnesses to come forward.

She said: "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."

Mr Fournier D'albe was arrested in College Street in Burnham-on-Sea shortly before 21:30 GMT on 28 December.

He was taken to hospital after arriving in custody, but was discharged a day later after being declared fit to be detained.

He was due to appear before magistrates the following day but was found unresponsive in his cell in the early hours of 30 December and died a short time later.

An IPCC spokesman said they were awaiting the results of tests following a post-mortem examination.

Investigators have appealed for witnesses to Mr Fournier D'albe's arrest to come forward.

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