Justice for Thomas Orchard

Four police officers are facing prosecution after Thomas Orchard died in custody when a restraining belt was fixed across his face. Thomas, 32, collapsed in a police cell after the belt was fastened across his mouth following his arrest in October 2013.

Thomas suffered from schizophrenia. He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on 10 October after a week in a coma.


In 2013 The Crown Prosecution Service has told the family of Thomas Orchard they are considering charges ranging from manslaughter by an unlawful act, manslaughter by gross negligence, corporate manslaughter, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office.

No decisions have been made and the family said they are not expecting to be told until January. But they said they were bracing themselves for a “horrendous” fight for justice.

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