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Police chief: We wouldn’t hold a criminal for this long

A senior police officer has said he is “very concerned” at a teenage girl with mental health issues having to be kept in custody because there is no NHS accommodation for her.

The 16-year-old has been in police custody since Thursday night, when she was taken in from Torbay Hospital after reportedly causing a “breach of the peace”.

ACC Paul Netherton Credit: Twitter/Paul Netherton

Asst Ch Cons at Devon and Cornwall Police, Paul Netherton, said officers would not normally keep even criminals in custody this long.

The problem is, [the doctors] had nowhere to take her, so she now still remains in our custody centre, and obviously we're very concerned about that.

We're obviously having to close part of the custody centre so she's kept in a quiet and calm condition and her mother is allowed access to try and reassure her and keep her calm.

But obviously a police station is not where someone suffering mental health issues should be kept.

– ACC Paul Netherton, Devon and Cornwall Police

Labour slams 'appalling' mental health services

Shadow health minister Luciana Berger has criticised government policy after it emerged a teenage girl with mental health issues was being kept in police custody due to a shortage of NHS beds.

Shadow health minister Luciana Berger has criticised government policy Credit: PA

It comes after Asst Ch Cons Paul Netherton, of Devon and Cornwall Police, revealed on Twitter that nurses were being sourced to care for the girl while in custody as they could not find anywhere in the UK to take her.

This sad situation is becoming worryingly common. People shouldn't face the indignity of being kept in police cells when they are at their most vulnerable.

The government promised parity for mental health services, yet we're going backwards. In recent years, they have suffered more than other NHS services and are falling deeper and deeper into crisis. The NHS has lost 1,500 specialist beds and thousands of mental health nurses.

This is an appalling reflection of the crisis in mental health services and the government must get to grips with it.

– Luciana Berger, shadow health minister


Police 'hold teen girl in custody as no NHS beds free'

A 16-year-old girl with mental health issues is being held in custody by Devon and Cornwall Police as they say there are no NHS beds available in the entire country.

According to the force's assistant chief constable, Paul Netherton, the girl was taken into custody on Thursday night and sectioned yesterday - but with no free beds, they have been forced to keep her there.

Labelling the situation "unacceptable", ACC Netherton revealed the force was now attempting to find nurses who could look after her while she remained in custody.

He tweeted:


Driver continues to be questioned over Cornwall crash

The driver of a coach that crashed killing two women continues to be questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

One woman died at the scene while a second woman was taken by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth but was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

A woman who lives in the nearby village of No Man's Land, said she had been told the coach had been taking pensioners on a trip to Looe when it crashed near the Snooty Fox country hotel.

Mrs Roberta Powley said:

I think they were all OAPs on a trip. They were heading down to Looe. They have opened up what used to be the Memorial Hall in Morval and giving them tea and coffee.

I was told the coach crashed at the Snooty Fox, and that is up a very steep hill going down into Looe.

– Roberta Powley
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Coach driver being questioned in Launceston

Two women passengers have died and seven others have been seriously injured after a coach ploughed into a hedge and crashed near Looe.

The driver of the coach, which was carrying passengers aged 60 and over from Exmouth, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Insp Andrew Hamilton from Devon and Cornwall Police's Serious Collisions Unit says investigations are taking place to find out exactly what happened.

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Driver arrested following coach crash in Looe

Devon & Cornwall Police have confirmed the driver of the coach which crashed near Looe has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The vehicle, which was carrying passengers aged 60 and over, crashed into a hedge on the A387 at Morval, near Looe in Cornwall, at around 1pm.

Two people died in the accident and seven passengers were critically injured.

Police confirm second fatality

The Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed that there has been a second fatality from the coach crash in Looe, Cornwall.

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