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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: Why is there no provision for children?

The assistant chief constable who revealed a shortage of NHS beds meant a teenage girl with mental health issues had been forced to spend two nights in police custody has voiced his concern over the lack of provision for children.

The girl has been in police custody for two nights Credit: PA

Asst Ch Cons Paul Netherton, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said there were places for adults to be detained in an emergency – but not for children.

I do not think there's sufficient provision for children who suffer mental health issues and need to be detained in an emergency situation like this.

We just question why there is no provision for children, and actually we think that children should be the priority and we should therefore have places where we can take children who are in crisis.

– ACC Paul Netherton, Devon and Cornwall Police

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