Second candle-lit vigil outside Slough Police Station

all credits: Slough Times
published: 23rd February 2012

The family of Langley man, 57 year old Philmore Mills, who died in police custody at Wexham Park Hospital between 02:00 and 03:00 hours on the morning of 27 December 2011, are holding a second candle-lit vigil to commemorate his sudden, tragic and unexplained death.

Philmore Mills was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital on 21 December 2011 suffering from pneumonia. After several days in Intensive Care he was transferred on 24 December to ward 9 designated for male patients suffering from chest, heart and respiratory illnesses.

In the early hours of 27 December, Philmore Mills became distressed.

Thames Valley Police officers, who were present at the hospital for an unrelated reason, decided to restrain the sick and frail 57 year old. With the patient laying on the ward floor, police handcuffed his hands behind his back. Suddenly Philmore Mills had stopped breathing. Frantic and desperate attempts by the hospital’s emergency ‘crash team’ to resuscitate Philmore failed. He was completely dead.

The first candle-lit vigil was held outside the main entrance of Wexham Park Hospital on Friday 27 January. It was attended by about 25 family and friends.

The next, the second in a series of vigils, will be held outside Slough Police Station, Windsor Road, Slough on Friday 2 March 2012 starting at 19:00 hours and lasting an estimated 1.1/2 hours until 20:30.

We understand the family have a long list of very overdue unanswered questions. Two months after the death of Philmore Mills answers are not flowing from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to the family directly or via the family’s solicitor. The family are anxious, puzzled and disappointed they are being kept in the dark about their father’s tragic and unexplained death in police custody.

Concerns have been expressed about the police’s conduct of the investigation.

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