Man under police watch ‘for swallowing a drug cache’ refuses a potty break for 47 days

A man who UK police suspected had swallowed drugs prior to being arrested on a charge of being in possession with an intent to supply them, successfully refused to go to the toilet for 47 days while in custody, before the charge was dropped due to “insufficient evidence.”

Lamarr Chambers (24) was arrested on January 17 in Harlow, Essex and since then has been in a standoff with police about going to the toilet.

His 47-day abstinence is understood to be the longest anyone has gone without going while in custody.

Police had to apply for custody extensions seven times while waiting for Chambers to go to the loo. His lawyer told the court “he would rather die than take a potty break.”

While the standoff continued Chambers had daily visits from doctors, was under constant surveillance and was routinely given food and water.

Twitter users have been able to keep track of whether anything had passed  from regular updates  Essex Police’s #PooWatch.

It’s now March and the Crown Prosecution Service has finally dropped the initial charge  – being possession with an intent to supply drugs.

Chambers was, however, immediately been re-arrested, this time on a charge of being concerned with the supply of drugs, before being released on bail and taken by police car to hospital for treatment.

“There is a delicate balance between a suspect’s welfare and the collection of evidence,” the police said.



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