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Custody ruling 'tinged with sadness' - Joe Lawton family

A teenager has successfully challenged the law which treats 17-year-olds in police custody as adults, not children.

The case was brought by Hughes Cousins-Chang, now 18, who had been kept in custody for 12 hours and strip-searched before being released on police bail.

The ruling follows the deaths of two 17-year-olds who killed themselves after getting into trouble with police - Joe Lawton, of Stockport and Edward Thornber of Didsbury.

Joe's parents, Nick and Jane Lawton, said their pleasure over the ruling was "tinged with such sadness and devastation".

  • 25 Apr 2013
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