'Poo watch' ends for UK drug suspect

An unusual stand-off between British police and a man suspected of swallowing a drug 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" until the force decided to release him from custody on March 5 "following medical and legal advice".

Charges of intent to supply a class A drug and driving matters were discontinued but Chambers was rearrested by Essex police on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug and was released on bail before being taken to hospital.

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

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

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