Parents custody law campaign

The parents of a boy who took his own life after police arrested him for drink driving are calling for a change in the law. Joe Lawton's parents were not informed of their son's arrest as, at 17, he was treated as an adult by police.

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Parents: If Joe had told us he would still be alive today

The mother of a boy who took his own life after police arrested him for drink driving told Daybreak that if her son was treated as a minor, he would still be alive today.

As a 17-year-old, Joe Lawton was treated as an adult, and his parents Nick and Jane were not informed of his arrest.

For help and advice relating to this issue you can contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 in the UK or 1850 60 9090 in the Republic of Ireland.

Parents campaign for a change in the law on custody

The parents of a boy who took his own life after police arrested him for drink driving are calling for a change in the law.

Joe Lawton's parents had no idea what happened when he was arrested, because at 17, he was treated as an adult and they were not informed.

Nick and Jane Lawton, parents of Joe Lawton Credit: Daybreak

Nick and Jane Lawton, are now urging the Government to change the law, which says 17 year-olds are not children in custody.

Today they will deliver a petition of over 50,000 signatures to Downing Street.

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