Thomas Orchard custody death: Three officers found not guilty of killing man with schizophrenia in police custody

A custody sergeant and two detention officers have been found not guilty of killing a man with mental health problems in police custody.

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

Mr Orchard, who had paranoid schizophrenia, was held down, handcuffed and a large webbing belt designed to restrain arms and legs was placed across his face.

Custody sergeant Jan Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, insisted their actions were proportionate and lawful.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court

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