Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How on Earth Did He Get the Pills?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How on Earth Did He Get the Pills?

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Byline: JAMES MILLS

PILLS were found and confiscated in Huntley's cell in July but he managed to hoard more in the past month.

He did the same in 2003 while awaiting trial for the murders. He stashed 29 antidepressant pills in a box of teabags and was found having a fit on the floor of his cell at Woodhill Prison, near Milton Keynes. It led to calls for the man in charge of high-security jails to resign.

An official report into the previous suicide bid uncovered "serious systems failures".

The 2003 report criticised management and staff briefings which were "not robust enough" but did not recommend disciplining individual officers.

Then Home Office minister Paul Goggins said the internal report revealed a "completely unacceptable situation". He said at the time: "Procedures for dispensing medication fell well short of acceptable standards."

The system officers used to search Huntley's belongings was "predictable" and "did not include items stored outside Threat: Huntley warned he'd try to commit suicide again of his cell", the internal Prison Service report said. …

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