MPs hear of Exeter custody death man as charity calls for change

Thomas Orchardby: Exeter Express and Echo
published: 11 December 2013

The case of an Exeter man who suffocated when a belt was tied across his face in police custody was raised in Westminster to highlight concerns over the way police deal with those with mental health issues.

Thomas Orchard died just over a year ago from following an alleged incident at Heavitree Road police station after he was arrested.

The family are currently waiting for the CPS to make a decision on any charges against the individuals involved – with a charge of corporate manslaughter among those currently under consideration.

A decision is expected within the next few weeks.

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Peter Barnes inquest: 'Lessons should be learned'

Feltham Prison Insideby: Bradford Telegraph and Argus
published: 4th November 2013

An inquest today heard that lessons should be learned after a patient was found dead in the grounds of a Bradford psychiatric hospital one week after he went missing on an unsupervised cigarette break.

Angus Moon QC, representing the privately-run Cygnet Hospital, Wyke, was making submissions yesterday in the final days of what has been a four-week hearing into the death of 31-year-old Peter Barnes on October 13, 2011.

A post-mortem examination has revealed Mr Barnes was likely to have hanged himslf only a few hours after he went missing.

Mr Moon said: “Cygnet wishes to have the opportunity to learn from this inquest and in so far as there’s any evidence about any changes not already made then Cygnet would value a report from you (the Coroner) which would identify those areas.”

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Mikey Powell Campaign marks a decade of struggle

Tippa Naphtali & Sieta Lambrias - Sept 2013 by Saqib Deshmukh
Picture by Saqib Deshmukh

by: Larry Fedja
published on: 13 September 2013

The family and friends of Mikey Lloyd Powell have commemorated his life 10 years after his death at the hands of West Midlands Police by holding a candlelit vigil at the police headquarters in Central Birmingham, and holding an inspirational after-event at the nearby African Caribbean Millennium Centre.

Mikey Powell 10th and final annual memorial
The image gallery from the Mikey Powell 10th Memorial Vigil at West Midlands Police HQ, Birmingham.

The Friends of Mikey Powell Campaign for Justice was established by the family of Michael Lloyd Powell (known as Mikey), a cousin of the renowned poet and writer, Benjamin Zephaniah, following his death in Police custody. Mikey was 38 years old and a father of three young children.

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