Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Publishing Of Delayed Report On Deaths In Police Custody

Thomas Orchard died in a police cell
The Guardian reports:  A long-awaited report into deaths in police custody in England and Wales is due to be published after a 15-month delay.  

The report, ordered by Theresa May in 2015 while she was home secretary, is expected to recommend far-reaching reforms to the police, justice system and health service. It will be published by the current home secretary, Amber Rudd, on Monday.

Led by Dame Elish Angiolini QC, the report is expected to say police vehicles and cells should not be used to transport or hold those detained under mental health powers, unless in exceptional cases. It will also say the detention of those believed to have mental health issues in police cells should be phased out completely. Families of those who have died in police custody should receive “free, non means-tested” legal advice from the start of the process, through to an inquest, it will recommend.

Custody Death Cops Walk Free To Their Pensions (Independent)
During the 15 month delay, the THREE police offcers of EXETER police station involved in the custody death of THOMAS ORCHARD were cleared. 

It is understood special groups have been set up in Whitehall to deal with the fallout of the report, covering police, health, coroners and the police complaints watchdog. (end of Guardian quote)

The Guardian reports

Hansard record of Nick Hurd MP statement on Independent Review of Death in Police Custody

Deaths in Police Custody debate - BBC video

Dame Elish Angiolini delivers lecture on Scottish Housing


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