Police 'poo watch' ends after suspect refuses to use toilet for 47 days

An unusual stand-off between police and a man suspected of swallowing a drugs stash has ended after he spent 47 days in custody refusing to go to the toilet.

Lamarr Chambers, 24, was arrested in Harlow, Essex, on January 17 and officers tweeted updates of what they described as "poo watch".

Essex Police decided to release him from custody on March 5 "following medical and legal advice", despite him not having been for a poo.

The Crown Prosecution Service discontinued charges of intent to supply a Class A drug and driving matters, but Chambers was rearrested by Essex Police on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.

He has been released on bail and was taken by police car, in company with a medical professional, to hospital for treatment.

Deputy Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington took the decision to release Chambers from custody.

"On the basis of all the medical evidence in this case it is most appropriate, both in the interests of Mr Chambers and of justice, to ensure he receives the hospital treatment he needs," he said.

Police had applied for custody extensions at seven court hearings as they waited for Chambers, of Brixton, London, to go for a poo.

He had been arrested by officers from Essex Police's Operation Raptor West, the gangs and urban street crime unit for Harlow, Epping Forest, Brentwood and Thurrock district.

Officers said Chambers was seen daily by doctors, was constantly watched and routinely supplied with food and water.

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