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Suicide of ‘much loved son’ in HMP Norwich result of failings in prison care, inquest finds

16th March 2018 - Independent

‘It has been almost impossible to understand the total disregard by the prison and healthcare staff,’ says Joe Bartlett’s mother

An inquest into the death of a prisoner who took his own life, has found that failings at the facility where he was being held contributed to his death.

Joe Bartlett from Essex, described as a “much-loved son” by his family, died on 5 April last year after he was found hanged in his cell at HMP Norwich.

A jury concluded that prison staff failed to adequately follow procedures to reduce the risks of self-harm and suicide, and that there was insufficient information gathering.

The lawyer representing Mr Bartlett’s family, Claire Brigham comments.

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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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Council backs down over decision not to rehouse Grenfell neighbours

8th February 2018 - 24housing

Nearly nine months of uncertainty over for traumatised residents of neighbouring blocks.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has backed down over their plans not to rehouse tenants living around Grenfell Tower.

At a meeting last night (Feb 6), the Council reversed its proposal not to rehouse residents of around 80 properties in the shadow of the block.

Daniel Fitzpatrick, a partner in the housing team comments.

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