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Hospital blitz on deaths in custody

Tippa Naphtali | 09.10.2007 16:48 | Analysis | Birmingham | London

COPS are joining forces with hospital Accident & Emergency staff in a bid to prevent more deaths in custody. Around half of all deaths in police cells involve detainees with some form of mental health problem.

Mikey Powell: Died in police custody
Mikey Powell: Died in police custody

Heartlands Hospital and police in Stechford, Birmingham, have linked up for a pioneering pilot scheme where officers assess suspects for psychiatric problems.

Under the project, those who police feel may have mental health issues are taken to A&E for treatment, rather than a police cell.

Heartlands A&E consultant Tony Bleetman said the scheme had already proved a success.

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