In the Media

Half of those who die in police custody have mental illness

PUBLISHED January 17, 2005

An "appalling" number of mentally ill people are dying in custody, with half of all the fatalities involving "care in the community" cases, according to the head of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

People with serious mental health problems are being "dumped" on the police - who are ill-equipped to deal with them, warned Nick Hardwick, the chairman of the commission.