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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a 16yr old girl suffering from mental health issues held in police custody. There are no beds available in the uk! #unacceptable
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 !?!
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Jeremy Wright said that he has ordered an immediate review into the matter.
"This should not have happened," Mr Wright said.
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