Mentally ill people held by police too often, say watchdogs
Too many mentally ill people are being held in police cells, say four watchdog bodies in England and Wales.
A report from the four bodies covering police, prisons and care called for a rethink of how powers are used to detain people in a "place of safety".
Current guidance says police should take the mentally ill to a hospital or similar location in all but exceptional circumstances.
Claire Greaves spoke to the BBC about her experience of being held in a police cell.
20 Jun 2013
- From the section Health