Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Prison Failings'a Facto Rin Celldeath

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Prison Failings'a Facto Rin Celldeath

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Failings in monitoring systems at a Teesside prison contributed to an inmate killing himself, a jury ruled.

Andrew Cliff, 36, of Bishop Auckland, was found hanged in his Holme House Prison cell on April 10, 2002.

Yesterday a jury returned a verdict that Mr Cliff killed himself and that his death was "contributed to by neglect".

The jury found that the neglect element of Mr Cliff's death was contributed to by the failure of record-keeping at the Stockton prison, a lack of communication between prison departments, cell allocation procedure and a failing in the (LIDS) local inmate data system.

Teesside Coroner Michael Sheffield said: "I propose to write to the governor of Holme House Prison to draw his attention to defects in the system.

"I will ask him if he will inquire as to whether the systems identified by the jury have been checked."

He said if the systems identified had not been investigated he would urge for "appropriate action to be taken to rectify them". …

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