Family of UK man who died in police custody criticises watchdog – The Guardian

‘The family of a man who died in custody last month has criticised the police watchdog for failing to recommend the suspension of officers being investigated over the circumstances of his death.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2020

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Case Preview: R (Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire – UKSC Blog

‘This case concerns the standard of proof applicable in inquest proceedings in cases of alleged suicide. It raises important and fundamental questions concerning the conduct of inquests, and will be of particular significance to bereaved families where the deceased is alleged to have committed suicide while in the care or custody of the state. The Supreme Court may also consider the position in relation to findings of unlawful killing.’

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UKSC Blog, 7th February 2020

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Guildford cell death: Police ‘thought woman was asleep’ – BBC News

Posted February 4th, 2020 in death in custody, drug abuse, inquests, news, prisons by sally

‘A woman who was found dead in a police cell appeared to have stopped breathing the night before her body was found, an inquest jury has heard.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2020

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Jury highlight Morton Hall multiple staff failures as inquest concludes on death of immigration detainee Carlington Spencer – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 20th, 2019 in death in custody, detention, immigration, inquests, juries, news by sally

‘The inquest into the death of Carlington Spencer, known to his family as ‘Jammy’, concluded on Friday 8 November. Carlington was an immigration detainee at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 14th November 2019

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Police officers charged over Dalian Atkinson death named after force loses bid to protect their identities – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2019 in anonymity, contempt of court, death in custody, news, police by tracey

‘Two police officers charged over the death of the footballer Dalian Atkinson have been named after their force lost an “unjustified” attempt to protect their identities.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2019

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Man died in immigration detention after staff ‘dismissed’ stroke as sign he had taken spice – The Independent

‘A man died in immigration detention after medical staff “dismissed” signs that he was having a stroke because they wrongly presumed that he had taken spice, an inquest has concluded.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2019

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Police officer charged with murder of Dalian Atkinson – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2019 in death in custody, murder, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘A police constable has been charged with murdering Dalian Atkinson in a clash during which a stun gun and other force was used on the former footballer.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2019

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Police disciplinary hearings dropped over Thomas Orchard death – The Guardian

‘The family of a church caretaker with mental health problems who died after being restrained at a police station have expressed anger after disciplinary proceedings against two detention officers were dropped.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2019

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Inquiry launched into death of woman at Derbyshire prison – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2019 in death in custody, news, ombudsmen, prisons by tracey

‘An investigation has been launched after a 26-year-old woman died at a Derbyshire prison.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2019

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CPS investigates GMP officers after man found unresponsive in police van – The Guardian

‘Five police officers are under investigation by the Crown Prosecution Service after a man was found unresponsive in a police van in Oldham and later pronounced dead in hospital.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2019

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Jury finds failure to adequately assess risk of self harm and suicide contributed to death of Rocky Stenning at HMP Chelmsford – Garden Court Chambers

Posted July 5th, 2019 in death in custody, inquests, news, prisons, self-harm, suicide by sally

‘The jury returned a narrative conclusion at the inquest into the death of Rocky Stenning, finding that the failure to adequately assess his risk of self harm and suicide whilst he was at HMP Chelmsford contributed to his death. They also noted that restricting Rocky’s access to a telephone, the length of the prison sentence he received and other known triggers as identified in the Ministry of Justice’s suicide and self-harm policy, affected Rocky’s mental ill health.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 3rd July 2019

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Critical conclusion at inquest of Leroy Junior Medford – Garden Court Chambers

‘After two weeks of evidence, the inquest into the death of Junior Medford, who died whilst in the care of Thames Valley police officers at London Valley Police Station on 2 April 2017, concluded yesterday afternoon (27 June 2019) with the jury returning a highly critical narrative conclusion identifying individual and systemic failures.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 28th June 2019

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Man died of heatstroke in London court cell after ‘serious failings’ – The Guardian

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in death in custody, health & safety, inquests, news by sally

‘A watchdog has said “serious failings” must be addressed after a man died from severe heatstroke after being kept in a police van and unventilated court cell on one of the hottest days in London for years.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2019

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Seeking a secret inquest? A lesson in how NOT to go about asking for reporting restrictions – UK Human Rights Blog

‘When seeking any order it always helps to make the right application, to the right court, following the right procedure. Although when it does go horribly wrong it at least provides valuable learning for the rest of us.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st July 2019

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Annabella Landsberg: HMP Peterborough inmate’s death ‘shocking’ – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2019 in death in custody, news, prisons, restraint by tracey

‘The events leading to the death of a prisoner after she was restrained and left on the floor for 21 hours were “truly shocking”, a report has said. HMP Peterborough staff thought Annabella Landsberg was “play-acting” when she stayed on her cell floor after being restrained on 2 September 2017. However, when examined the next day the 45-year-old was found to be seriously unwell and later died in hospital.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2019

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Catalogue of failings led to death of ‘gentle’ man at detention centre – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2019 in death in custody, detention, immigration, inquests, news by sally

‘A catalogue of failings contributed to the killing of a “gentle and polite” man in immigration detention, an inquest jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2019

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Home Office apologises for failings that led to detention centre death – The Guardian

Posted March 20th, 2019 in death in custody, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘A senior Home Office official has repeatedly apologised for shortcomings that led to the killing of a “gentle and polite” man in immigration detention, at an inquest into his death.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2019

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Police restraint caused or contributed to death of teacher – inquest – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2019 in death in custody, inquests, mental health, news, police, restraint by tracey

‘A poet and teacher with mental health issues died after he was restrained in a prone position at a police station in west Wales, an inquest jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2019

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Javid accused of giving way to police over no conferring rule – Home Office

Posted January 18th, 2019 in codes of practice, death in custody, firearms, inquests, news, ombudsmen, police by tracey

‘The government was accused of watering down plans for a total ban on police conferring after the deaths of suspects, after it approved new rules for officers following the most controversial cases. The home secretary, Sajid Javid, on Thursday approved revised rules first drawn up by the police watchdog in 2014, but changed after fierce opposition from the police and claims that armed officers would lay down their weapons in protest.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2019

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Home Office criticised for deleting records on death of detainee – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2018 in coroners, death in custody, detention, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘A coroner has accused the Home Office of “manipulating statistics” relating to deaths in immigration detention after it emerged that some records relating to the death of a detainee had been deleted.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2018

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