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Mentally ill people held by police too often, say watchdogs

20 June 2013 Last updated at 02:36 BST

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.