Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shipman Found Hanged in Cell

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shipman Found Hanged in Cell

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Byline: By Amy Cartmell

Mass murderer Harold Shipman was today found dead hanging in his prison cell.

The killer doctor serving life for murdering 15 female patients was found at 6.20am in Wakefield prison, West Yorkshire.

Despite the efforts of staff who immediately attempted resuscitation, he was pronounced dead by a doctor at 8.10am.

An investigation will now be carried out by the Prison Service.

Shipman was moved from Durham's top security Frankland prison in June last year after fears he was getting too close to staff and fellow inmates.

The statement from the Prison Service read: "We can confirm the death of Harold Shipman at HMP Wakefield this morning.

"Mr Shipman was found hanging in his cell at 6.20am and despite the best efforts of staff who immediately attempted resuscitation he was pronounced dead by a doctor at 8.10am.

"Since arriving at Wakefield on June 18, 2003, Shipman had never been on a suicide watch and was on normal location and following a normal regime.

"The family have been informed and the Prison Service will be conducting an investigation into the death as we do with all deaths in custody. The coroner has been informed."

The married father of four, who worked in County Durham during the 1970s, would have been 58 tomorrow.

The former GP was jailed for life in January 2000 for murdering his patients with morphine injections.

Although convicted of murdering 15 women patients aged between 49 and 81 around Hyde, Greater Manchester, a public inquiry in 2002 concluded he had killed at least 171 women and 44 men.

Shipman spent two years as a clinical medical officer in County Durham in the 1970s - moving to the North East after being convicted of forging prescriptions to support a drug habit.

After an investigation by the General Medical Council, Shipman was allowed to continue practising as long as he had no contact with drugs. …

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