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Eight police officers face criminal investigation over death of Terry Smith in custody

Issue No. 2380

Terry Smith died in police custody in St Peters Hospital in Surrey last week. Police had arrested 33 year old Terry under the Mental Health Act on Tuesday night and held him in Staines police station where he became unwell. He was taken to hospital, and died a day later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation into his death. Eight Surrey Police officers and two members of police staff have been temporarily removed from duty and are to be investigated after CCTV footage of the custody suite was examined.

The death follows that of Leon Briggs, who died in police custody in Luton two weeks ago.

Police have said a postmortem on Leon, held on Friday of last week, was inconclusive. Further tests will be required to determine the cause of his death.

Up to 250 people turned up at a community meeting in Luton on Monday of last week following Leon’s death. 

The audience was angry and overwhelmingly black. But the platform were largely made up of establishment voices including the police. 

Five police officers and staff have been suspended from duty pending a criminal investigation into Leon’s death.

Inquest begins into prison death

An inquest into the death of Helen Waight, who died while in HMP Bronzefield prison, Surrey, began on Tuesday of last week.

Helen Waight was 33 years old and had five young children when she died on 7 March 2011. Her death was the second of two young women’s deaths at the prison in under a year.  

Both deaths raise concerns about healthcare and the treatment and management of drug dependency at HMP Bronzefield.

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Tue 19 Nov 2013, 17:21 GMT
Issue No. 2380
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