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Police chief's outburst sees teen girl taken out of custody

One of the country's most senior policemen has condemned the provision of mental health care for children in Britain as "unacceptable."

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Grateful mother thanks police for taking care of girl

The mother of a teenage girl with mental health issues has taken a “big box of chocolates” in to police officers keeping her daughter in custody due to a shortage of NHS beds.

The 16-year-old was detained by Devon and Cornwall Police on Thursday night and sectioned yesterday – but with officers being told there was nowhere in the UK to transfer her to, they have kept her in the custody suite.

Asst Ch Con Paul Netherton said the girl’s mother was “grateful” that the force was taking care of her. They have even taken her a McDonald’s meal, he added.

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