Lancashire

Remand prisoner is found dead in cell at Preston Prison

A prisoner on remand at a Lancashire jail has been found hanged in his cell, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said.

Christopher Oldham, 36, was in Preston Prison after being accused of perverting the course of justice.

He was charged at Blackpool Magistrates' Court earlier this year and remanded in custody following a hearing at Preston Crown Court.

His body was discovered at about midnight, the MoJ said.

'A tragedy'

Prison officers tried to resuscitate him and paramedics were called to the prison but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will carry out an investigation into Mr Oldham's death.

An MoJ spokesman said: "Deaths in custody are a tragedy for family and friends, and have a profound affect on staff and other prisoners.

"The police, coroner and next of kin have been informed.

"All deaths in custody are investigated by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."

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