Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Serial Killer Shipman Found Hanged

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Serial Killer Shipman Found Hanged

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Killer doctor Harold Shipman died today after being found hanged in his cell at Wakefield Prison.

He was found at 6.20am and, despite the efforts of staff who immediately attempted resuscitation, he was pronounced dead by a doctor at 8.10am.

The Prison Service is now to carry out an investigation.

A full 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."

A Prison Service spokeswoman said Shipman hanged himself using bed sheets as a ligature from the window bars in his cell. He had briefly been on suicide watch earlier in his sentence at HMP Manchester and on being moved to HMP Frankland in February 2000, but never at Wakefield.

"He was showing no signs whatsoever of pre-suicidal behaviour at all," said the spokeswoman.

"He was behaving utterly normally. He was working as normal and doing education as normal.

"There was absolutely no indication that this was coming and he was giving no cause for concern."

Shipman, who would have been 58 tomorrow, was jailed for life at Preston Crown Court in January 2000 for murdering 15 patients while a GP in Hyde, Greater Manchester. An inquiry found he killed at least 215 people in Hyde and Todmorden, West Yorkshire, over a 23-year period.

Last month it emerged that the serial killer had been stripped of his privileges at Wakefield because of poor behaviour.

The former GP had his prisoner status reduced from "enhanced" to "basic" for general non-compliance with staff, a prison source said.

The television in his cell was

removed and he had to wear prison uniform instead of casual clothes. …

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