Police officers face no charges over the death of James Herbert

James Herbert
James Herbert

source: SomersetLive
published: 18 July 2017

An investigation into the death of Wells man James Herbert has concluded no criminal charges are warranted against any of the Avon and Somerset police officers involved in his care.

It has been seven years since James Herbert was found dead in a police cell in Yeovil and this week the CPS confirmed it had ruled out any legal action against Avon and Somerset Police.

James Herbert died on June 10, 2010, after being detained under the Mental Health Act after being seen acting strangely in a street in Wells. He was restrained by police and placed in the back of patrol van and driven almost 30 miles to Yeovil police station before being carried on a blanket into a cell.

The 25-year-old had been arrested under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act following a number of calls to the police about his behaviour. He was believed to have taken a quantity of a legal high similar to ecstasy.

Two police officers and a PCSO struggled to restrain Mr Herbert, before he was taken to Yeovil police station and left naked in a cell.

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