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Kingsley Burrell inquest opens

Issue No. 2448

The inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell in 2011 began on Tuesday of this week.

The 29 year old died in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Four days earlier he had called 999 to report that he was being harassed by a gang while out with his five year old son.

The police took him into custody and he was detained in a mental health unit before being transferred to the hospital where he died.

The Crown Prosecution Service found there was “insufficient evidence” to charge any of 12 people with Kingsley’s death.

They included four West Midlands police officers, two West Midlands ambulance staff, three nurses and three doctors.

Kingsley’s family have fought for four years to get an inquest into his death, and are urging supporters to attend the hearing which is set to last for six weeks. HM Coroner’s Court, 50 Newton Street, Birmingham B4 6NE

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