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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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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

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