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End scandal of mentally ill people being held in police cells, MPs say

The number of people with mental health illnesses being detained in police cells is a "scandal", MPs have said.

A Home Affairs Committee report called for a change in the law so that police cells were no longer deemed a "place of safety" under the Mental Health Act.

About 6,000 adults and 200 children with mental health issues were detained in police cells last year because of a shortage of space in NHS hospitals.

June Kelly reports.

  • 06 Feb 2015
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