Hereford & Worcester

Inquiry into second West Mercia cell blade incident

The police watchdog is investigating how a man detained under the Mental Health Act was able to smuggle a razor blade into his cell.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the man had tried to harm himself after being taken into custody at Hereford.

The 54-year-old had been arrested on Monday evening after he was found cutting his wrists near a supermarket.

The watchdog is investigating a similar incident two weeks ago in Worcester.

A 48-year-old man had been found with a bladed item in a Worcester police station.

IPCC spokeswoman Rebecca Marsh said she had decided an inquiry was appropriate as it was the second time recently that someone had smuggled a blade into West Mercia Police custody.

"We have consistently said police cells are not the most appropriate places of safety for people with mental health issues," she said.

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