Police not to blame for Wolverhampton woman’s custody death


Policesource: Express & Star
published: 26 March 2015

Sharmila Ullah, of Fourth Avenue, Wolverhampton, was held at Bloxwich Police Station in July last year after being arrested for shoplifting. Smethwick Coroners Court was told the mother-of-four, better known as Millie, had been taken to Walsall Manor Hospital after suffering abdominal pain and vomiting on July 9.

Senior coroner Zafar Siddique was told she was assessed and given medication before being discharged back to custody. She was also examined by a nurse at the custody suite on July 10.

The inquest was told her condition had deteriorated and she was later found to be unresponsive in her cell. Paramedics were called and she was taken back to the hospital but efforts to revive her failed.

Her sudden death sparked an independent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which said she had been examined by nurses who said she was ‘fit to detain’ in a cell.

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