Sectioned girl in police custody

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Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A senior policeman has spoken out about a teenage girl with mental health issues being held in police custody, claiming there are “no beds available in the UK”.

Paul Netherton, Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, posted tweets about the “unacceptable” scenario.

He wrote: “We have a 16yr old girl suffering from mental health issues held in police custody. There are no beds available in the uk! #unacceptable” (sic)

He added: “The 16yr old was detained on Thursday night, sectioned Friday lunchtime and still no place of safety available. This can’t be right! 1/2

“Custody on a Fri & Sat night is no place for a child suffering mental health issues. Nurses being sourced to look after her in custody !?!”

Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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