Police 'poo watch' ends after 47-day standoff with stubborn suspect

7 March 2018, 13:43

A battle of nerves between Essex Police and a suspected drug dealer has ended after he successfully refused to go to the toilet.

Twitter users have been keeping track of Essex Police's #PooWatch, which offered updates on the case of a man suspected of swallowing a stash of Class A drugs.

Lamarr Chambers was arrested in Harlow on 17 January and has spent 47 days in custody refusing to go to the toilet.

The police, frustrated by the lack of movement in the case and in the suspect, were forced to release him on "medical and legal advice".

Despite failing to deliver the goods, the 24-year-old was released from custody on 5 March.

Chambers had daily visits from doctors, was under constant surveillance and was routinely given food and water. He denied medical treatment and opportunities to visit hospital.

The Crown Prosecution Service have discontinued the charges against Mr Chambers in relation to possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and driving matters.

However, Chambers was subsequently re-arrested 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 the company of a medical professional, to hospital for treatment.

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