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Death of inmate Sean Plumstead reveals Ministry of Justice let staff work in HMP Winchester without suicide prevention training

12th February 2018 - Hampshire Chronicle

THE death of an inmate at Winchester prison has revealed that the Ministry of Justice allowed staff to work in the prison without suicide prevention training, against its own policy.

Father-of-two Sean Plumstead was found hanging in his cell days after asking a staff member the best way to take his own life.

Senior Associate Clair Hilder who represented Mr Plumstead’s family comments.

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Met officers who wrongly arrested black man put through misconduct hearings

12th January 2018 - The Guardian

Officers had been told bicycle theft suspect was white but targeted a black man standing nearby and used excessive force to arrest him.

Four police officers who wrongly arrested a black man for stealing a bicycle in London when told that the suspect was white have been put through misconduct hearings.

An inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission twice overturned earlier decisions by the Metropolitan police that no investigation was necessary.

The original incident occurred in Leather Lane, central London, in February 2016 when three male police officers and a female officer were working early in the evening on a plain clothes anti-cycle-theft operation in Camden.

Joanna Bennett, the civil liberties lawyer, who represented Mr Okorodudu commnets…

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Camden couple get five-figure payout over assault claims

11th December 2017 - BBC

A couple who say police officers assaulted them in their own home have received a five-figure settlement.

Aldires Bugia, of Camden, said an officer “kicked open” her front door in April 2013 and two officers started punching her husband.

The Metropolitan Police believed a man wanted in connection with a drug deal was at the flat.

It made the payment to settle an out-of-court a claim of unlawful arrest and police brutality.

Ms Bugia said she and her husband, who has not given his full name, were woken up by six officers in the middle of the night.

Susie Labinjoh, Joint-Head of Civil Liberties, said they would have never taken legal action if the Met had apologised.

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Race is ‘significant contributory factor’ to deaths in police custody, according to independent review

3rd November 2017 - The Justice Gap

The long awaited independent review into deaths in custody has found ethnicity to be a ‘significant contributory factor’ in relation to fatalities. The wide-ranging report calls for reform of the police watchdog the Independent Police Complains Commission including the ‘phasing out’ of ex-police officers leading investigations; an end to the conferring between officers before they make statements; and legal aid for families whose relatives have died in custody. Sarah Foss reports

Clair Hilder, a senior associate in the Civil Liberties department comments…

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‘Neglect’ contributed to Winchester prison inmate’s death

10th April 2017 - BBC News

Neglect contributed to the death of a 22-year-old man at Winchester prison, an inquest jury has concluded.

Daryl Hargrave, who had a history of mental health problems, was found hanged in his cell in July 2015.

He had been on remand for six days, an inquest in the city heard.
The jury found there was a failure to provide treatment for psychosis, and a decision not to put him under constant supervision also contributed to his death.

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, which manages healthcare at HMP Winchester, apologised for its failings and “the distress this process has caused the family”.

Clair Hilder, a Senior Associate in the Civil Liberties department, has represented Daryl’s mother at the inquest.

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