Outcome of Thomas Orchard misconduct hearing to be made public

The outcome of a preliminary misconduct hearing relating to the arrest, detention and death of a man who collapsed in custody will be made public on Friday.

Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and taken to Heavitree Road police station in Exeter, Devon, in October 2012.

During his detention, the church caretaker who had mental health issues was restrained and an emergency response belt (ERB) was placed across his face for five minutes and two seconds to prevent spitting or biting.

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