Death at Yarls Wood detention centre

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An investigation has been launched following the death of a 40-year-old woman at Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire today.

The Home Office said the death was “sudden” and “unexplained.”

A spokeswoman from the Home Office said: “Sadly, we can confirm the death of a female detainee at Yarl’s Wood on March 30.”

“It would not be appropriate to comment further as the death is subject to a police investigation. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed in line with standard procedure.”

Yashika Bageerathi, a 19-year-old-student who is awaiting deportation, has been at Yarl’s Wood since March 19.

She told Channel 4 news: “Today is just a bad day … Someone died in here. Everyone is sad. They just can’t believe it happened in here.”

Prisoner ‘Murdered’ At HM Prison Lindholme

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Two inmates have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a prisoner was found dead at a jail.

Staff at HMP Lindholme, Doncaster, called in South Yorkshire Police at 3.50pm yesterday following the death of a 22-year-old man.

A police spokesman said: “A 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, both inmates, have been arrested and detained at HMP Lindholme on suspicion of murder.

“The deceased’s family has been informed.”

A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out today.

 

Police Probed After Jail Cell Death

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Police conduct during the period between the arrest of a man for assault and his death in prison three days later is under investigation.

Christopher Shapley, 43, of Aberdare, was found dead in a cell on September 20 after his transfer from South Wales Police custody the day before.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is looking at police action prior to his transfer to the court and prison service.

The police watchdog will focus on a period from Mr Shapley’s arrest for assault on September 17 when he was taken to Merthyr Tydfil Custody Unit.

The investigation is an automatic referral, under the Police Reform Act, triggered by the contact the force had with him before his death.

Mr Shapley was charged with common assault and threats to kill on September 18 and was remanded in custody before his court hearing on 19 September.

He was then transferred from police custody to HM Prison Cardiff and was discovered dead in his cell on September 20.

Jan Williams, IPCC commissioner for Wales, said: “This is a difficult time for Mr Shapley’s family and friends and they have my every sympathy over their loss. Our investigators have met with Mr Shapley’s family and explained what we will be investigating.

“We will seek to establish what information was available to the police to inform any risk assessments made, how that information was obtained and recorded and whether it was properly shared with other agencies.

“Our investigation will also investigate police actions and decisions, as well as relevant policies and procedures and whether these were followed.”

The Prison Ombudsman will carry out a separate investigation into Mr Shapley’s death.

REPORTS INTO DEATHS IN CUSTODY

Set out below are Fatal Incident Reports just issued by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) who is required to investigate all deaths in custody.

Although the Ombudsman can only report on a death in custody after an Inquest has taken place, his reports have come in for constant criticism.

Mark Leech editor of the national newspaper for prisoners, Converse, said:

“In all honesty what on earth is the use of these reports?

“They do not name the prisoner concerned, despite the fact the inquest will have done so and the death is usually the subject of a press release from the Ministry of Justice at the time it occurs – why not name names?

“Also of more concern is that some of the deaths they relate to and which the PPO is only now reporting on, took place up to seven years ago in 2005; it has to be asked what possible use can these reports fulfil after such a gap of time?

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Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Update

26th Mar – 30th Mar Feb 2012

Welcome to the PPO Update; a quick and easy way to access the latest reports, publications and announcements from our office. The links below will enable you to access further information about the items.

 

The PPO recently published five Fatal Incident reports;

Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man at HMP Full Sutton in July 2010*

This is the report of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in July 2010 at HMP Full Sutton. He was found at about 6.40am, during a routine check. He had a ligature made from a shoelace around his neck which was attached to the window bars. He was 41 years old when he died.

http://www.ppo.gov.uk/docs/052-10-Death-of-a-male-prisoner.pdf

 

Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in July 2010 whilst in the custody of HMP Hewell*

This is the report of an investigation into the death of a prisoner at HMP Hewell who died on 9 July 2010. In March 2010, the man attempted to take his own life by tying a ligature to the bars of his landing. He was subsequently placed on the prison’s self-harm monitoring and support procedures. Although they were closed when the risk reduced, staff re-introduced them just over six weeks later, on 22 June, when the risk increased again. The procedures were still in place when, on 9 July, the man was found in his cell. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 46 years old.

http://www.ppo.gov.uk/docs/058-10-Death-of-a-male-prisoner.pdf

 

Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man at HMP & YOI Parc in March 2006*

This is the report of an investigation into the death of a man at HM Prison and Young Offender Institution Parc in March 2006. The man was found dead in his cell. He had been remanded into custody awaiting sentence for various offences. He was 44 years of age.

http://www.ppo.gov.uk/docs/195.06-Death-of-a-male-prisoner.pdf

 

Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man at HMP Parc in May 2005*

This report concerns the circumstances surrounding the death of a man at HMP and YOI Parc on 30 May 2005. The man was a 32 year old single man, born and brought up in South Wales. He was serving a four year sentence for drug offences. The man was found dead in his cell on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May. Resuscitation was attempted by the prison nurses but the paramedics declared life extinct when they attended.

http://www.ppo.gov.uk/docs/024.05-Death-of-a-male-prisoner.pdf

Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man at HMP Bullingdon in January 2009*

This is the report of an investigation into the death of a man at HMP Bullingdon. He was found in his cell in the early hours of the morning of 9 January 2009, having made cuts to his neck with a razor blade. At the time of his death he was in the midst of his trial at Crown Court for the alleged murder of his wife. He was 49 years old.

http://www.ppo.gov.uk/docs/152.09-Death-of-a-male-prisoner.pdf

 

Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man at HMP Liverpool in February 2010*

This report considers the circumstances surrounding the death of a man at HMP Liverpool in February 2010. He was found in his cell around 5.20am. He was 53 years old.

http://www.ppo.gov.uk/docs/169.10-Death-of-a-male-prisoner.pdf

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