Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

At-Risk Prisoner Hanged Himself in Cell

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

At-Risk Prisoner Hanged Himself in Cell

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A YOUNG prisoner who was considered to be at risk of harming himself was found hanging in his cell at a Northumberland jail, an inquest was told yesterday.

Paul Fletcher died in Acklington Prison in August last year after using a self-made ligature to hang himself during the night.

At the time of his death he was included on a register of inmates considered to be at risk of causing themselves harm, the Morpeth hearing was told. Yesterday north Northumberland coroner Ian McCreath opened a three-day inquest into the death of Fletcher, who was 28 and came from South Shields.

The hearing is considering a number of issues surrounding his death, including any possible defects in the prison's systems and whether the use of a defibrillator could have saved his life after he was found hanging in his cell.

Yesterday Mr McCreath said an investigation by the Prison Service Ombudsman into Fletcher's death had recommended that the Acklington Prison governor should consider training all staff in the use of defibrillators. …

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