Jake Hardy death: Investigation after inmate found hanging

A 17-year-old has died in hospital after he was found hanging in his cell at a young offenders institution in Wigan.

Jake Hardy, who was serving six months for affray and common assault, was found at HMYOI Hindley on Friday.

He was taken to hospital, where he died on Tuesday.

The Prison's and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation into the 17-year-old's death.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "HMYOI Hindley prisoner Jake Hardy was found hanging in his cell at approximately 11.45pm on Friday January 20.

"Staff attempted resuscitation, paramedics attended and he was taken to outside hospital but was pronounced dead at 8.05am on Tuesday January 24."

A spokesman for the Prison's and Probation Ombudsman said the investigation would "try to provide answers" to family and friends about what happened and would involve Hardy's family if they wished to.

He said: "The investigation will identify lessons to be learned to prevent similar deaths of young people.

"If failings are found, recommendations for improvements are made."

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