Recommendation - Merseyside Police, November 2019

Published 25 Nov 2019

The recommendation below arises from a Death or Serious Injury review by one of our Casework Managers of a police investigation into the circumstances in which a detainee became injured. The detainee self-harmed in custody by banging his head against his cell wall. He was placed in an 'observation room' to await transfer to hosputal for treatment. While in the observation room, he was able to reach and smash a light fitting, then use the debris to self-harm further.

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  • Merseyside Police
  • Custody and detention
  • Death and serious injury