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Too many mentally ill held in police cells

Too many mentally ill people are being held for too long in police cells, say four watchdog bodies in England and Wales.

A report from the four bodies covering police, prisons and care called for a rethink of how powers are used to detain people in a "place of safety".

Some of those who were detained were as young as 14.

Among the reasons given were a lack of beds and staff at health facilities.

Michael Buchanan reports.

  • 20 Jun 2013
  • From the section UK
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