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