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CCTV footage released in Thomas Orchard custody death case

CCTV footage has been released showing police treatment of a man with paranoid schizophrenia who died after he was restrained with a belt.

Thomas Orchard, 32, was handcuffed, held down and had a large fabric webbing belt put across his face.

He died in hospital seven days after this footage was taken.

Custody sergeant Jan Kingshott, 44, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 38, and Michael Marsden, 55, deny manslaughter in a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

The prosecution allege the use of the belt was "disproportionate" and "unjustified".

Officers maintain it was "lawful", "proportionate" and "necessary".

The trial continues.

  • 24 Feb 2016