Britney Spears Is Sectioned; Code 5150: Britney Spears Is Taken from Her Home by Paramedics in a Motorcade Involving Medical Staff and Los Angeles Police. Left, Spears Cries after Arguing with Her Manager Two Nights Ago. below, Her Mother Lynne Arrives at the UCLA Medical Centre after Following the Ambulance

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Byline: VALENTINE LOW, AMAR SINGH

BRITNEY SPEARS was today temporarily committed to a psychiatric hospitalas fears grew over her increasingly fragile mental state.

The star was taken by ambulance from her Los Angeles home in the middle of thenight, escorted by more than a dozen police officers on motorcycles, two policecars and two helicopters.

An officer said she was being taken to get help. She is reportedly being heldon a 5150an emergency services code which means she is a danger to herself and others.

The move to put her on a mental evaluation hold came as the stars lifecontinued its bizarre public disintegration. She is said not to have sleptsince Saturday, and earlier today it was reported that she was addicted tocrystal meth in what one US report described as a drug-addled descent intomadness.

It is the second time in a month that Spears, 26, has been put on a 72-hourmental welfare hold. The first was when she refused to hand over her childrento her ex-husband Kevin Federline, who has legal custody. After that she lostvisitation rights to her sons, Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one. Sheand Federline divorced in July after nearly three year of marriage.

The Los Angeles Times reported that as she was escorted by police from herhouse, officers inside radioed commanders to say the package is on the way out.

As ever, the grotesque circus that surrounds Spears meant the street outsidethe house in Studio City was jammed with the vehicles of scores ofphotographers and journalists for several hours before she came out. …