York & North Yorkshire

Toni Speck death: Court blocks cell death review

Toni Speck Image copyright Speck family
Image caption Toni Speck collapsed in a cell after being detained under the Mental Health Act

A woman whose daughter died in police custody has lost a High Court bid for a review of the inquest into the death.

Toni Emma Speck, 31, of Huntington, was detained under the Mental Health Act at Fulford Road police station in York on 2 June 2011.

She was found slumped in her cell and died later in hospital.

Her mother Maureen had wanted judges to review a coroner's decision following the inquest jury's narrative verdict in 2015.

Maureen Speck, Toni Speck's mother, had wanted the jury to consider whether she should have been taken to a hospital rather than a police station.

She wanted judges to review a coroner's decision not to allow that.

Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court, and Mr Justice Holroyde blocked her bid.

They said a coroner's duty had been only to consider matters which appeared to have caused or contributed to Miss Speck's death.

Tim Madgwick, North Yorkshire Police's Deputy Chief Constable, speaking after the inquest in November said Miss Speck would nowadays have been admitted to an NHS health-based place of safety for assessment rather than being admitted to police custody.

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