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Shortage of Mental Health Beds for Adolescents Now a Priority?

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Sir James Munby, head of High Court’s Family division was, ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ that no hospital place has been found for a 17-year-old who was at high risk of self harm and suicide. The comments made draw attention to the state of...

Barrister involved in the Pippa McManus Inquest becomes The Times Lawyer of the Week

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Congratulations to barrister Kirsten Sjovoll, who was named The Times Lawyer of the Week for her role in the Pippa McManus Inquest, instructed on behalf of Minton Morrill solicitors who represented the family of Pippa Mcmanus. The firm has been instructed...

Inquest begins into the death of Vikki Thompson, a transgender remand prisoner who died at HMP Leeds

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The Inquest into the death of 21 year old Vikki Thompson, who died whilst on remand at HMP Leeds on 13 th November 2015, has begun this week at Wakefield Coroner’s Court. Gemma Vine, who Heads our specialist Civil Liberties department is instructed by...

Inquest into child death finds failings in care contributed to suicide

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The inquest concerning the death of 15 year old Pippa “Pip” McManus has concluded. Pip suffered from Anorexia and was formally an inpatient at the Priory Hospital Altrincham at the time of her death on 9 December 2015. During the inquest the...

Prison and Probation Ombudsman Stresses Concerns On Rising Female Suicides

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The prisons and probation ombudsman has commented on a “lack of concerted and sustained action” following a rise in the number of suicides among female prisoners. He warned that wide scale reform proposed a decade ago following a review of the...

IPCC Article concerning fatal police shooting investigations

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The IPCC have published an article further to debates surrounding police use of firearms and the delays in investigations.   This week Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, in his call for greater public support of firearms officers, said that officers are...

Minton Morrill client, Mary-Ann Walters speaks to media amid publication of appalling suicide and self-harm in custody stats

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Last week, the Ministry of Justice published their annual statistics for 2016 in relation to instances of violence, self-harm and suicide in our prisons. It was revealed that in the past twelve months, an all-time high 119 people took their own lives in...

HMP/YOI Glen Parva failings contribute to death of another vulnerable teenager, Jury concludes

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Inquest Specialist Gemma Vine, of Leeds-based Lester Morrill Solicitors, has supported the family of vulnerable teenager Jake Foxall, at an Inquest into his death at HMP/YOI Glen Parva, which has now reached its conclusion. In a critical narrative, the Jury...

National newspaper reports on Lester Morrill Inquest Specialist Gemma Vine's involvement to two Inquests which returned highly crtical conclusions

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Inquest Specialist Gemma Vine, of Leeds-based Lester Morrill Solicitors, has supported the families of two vulnerable prisoners who died at HMP/YOI Glen Parva. The two cases, which have recently come to close, saw their respective Juries return highly...

Inadequate reponses by HMP/YOI Glen Parva contribute to the death of another vulnerable teenager. Jury return highly critical conculsion.

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Inquest Specialist Gemma Vine, of Leeds-based Lester Morrill have supported the family of Liam Lambert since his death in 2015. The Inquest concluded today with the Jury returning a highly critical conclusion finding that there had been a succession of...

Inquest Jury identifies litany of gross failures

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An Inquest in which Lester Morrill acted for the family of a vulnerable inmate has concluded. You can read INQUEST’s press release  here. ...

Lester Morrill supports INQUEST Annual Northern Conference and Quiz

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The INQUEST Annual Northern Conference and Quiz will be taking place in Manchester later this month. Lester Morrill will be co-sponsoring the event, with the firm’s head of Civil Liberties, Gemma Vine, among the specialist Inquest practitioners...

Jury Identifies Failings in Risk Management Following Self-inflicted Death of First time Prisoner

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A jury has returned a critical narrative conclusion following the inquest into the death of Lloyd Joseph Skelton, 21 who died at Leicester Royal Infirmary on 1 September 2014 after being found hanging in his cell on the segregation wing at HMP Leicester on...

Murdered School Teacher Anne McGuire Coroner to hold full inquest

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Ann Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death by a student at Corpus Christi Catholic College in April 2014. The 15 tear old student was successfully prosecuted and ordered to be detained for a minimum of 20 years after pleading guilty to her murder. The Senior...

New report reveals extent of legal high usage in prisons

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A study carried out by the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, has revealed that the use of legal highs, such as spice and black mamba, is so rife that it is actually putting local ambulance services under pressure due to the number of inmates...

Minister confirms further delay of human rights reform

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Controversial proposals to scrap the Human Rights Act have been pushed back yet again, the Justice Secretary has confirmed. Michael Gove told Peers last week that the consultation on tearing up the legislation and replacing it with a newly-drafted British...

Jury return highly critical conclusion in self-inflicted prison death inquest

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Lester Morrill have secured a damning conclusion from the inquest into the death of Davy Larcombe, a vulnerable young man who took his own life at HMP Lincoln on 22 February this year. In delivering their conclusions the jury identified several failings,...

Second transgender prison death in a month

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Following news of the death of transgender woman Vicky Thompson at HMP Leeds last month, further reports have emerged this week of the death of another transgender prison at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes. Joanne Latham, aged 38 years old, was apparently...

Transgender death in Leeds Prison

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Reports have emerged this week that a transgender woman was been found dead last Friday, 13 November 2015, after being placed in a male prison. It is understood that Vicky Thompson, 21, was placed in HMP Armley in Leeds despite the fact she had identified as...

Suicide Rates in Young Men Soar

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Last week Professor Green’s documentary ‘Suicide and Me’ aired on BBC3, once again highlighting the fact that the most common cause of death in men under the age of 45 is suicide. Professor Green aka Stephen Manderson , whose father took...

Call for the Chief Coroner to investigate link between prisoner deaths and legal highs

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In July 2015 the Prison and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) released a Learning Lessons Bulletin after finding that the use of New Psychoactive Substances, commonly known as “legal highs”, was at least a factor in approximately 19 deaths between April...

Police force urged to improve driver training following death of Leeds pensioner

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West Yorkshire Police apologised to the family of a Leeds great grandfather last week following the conclusion of an Inquest into his death. Lester Morrill represented the family of Donald Bennett, who was 83 years old at the time of his death. Mr Bennett...

Coroner expresses concerns following death in custody case

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A young offenders’ institution has been heavily criticised for failing to identify the risks to a teenage remand prisoner, who hanged himself last year. Lester Morrill represented the family of Greg Revell, an 18-year-old who died at HMP Glen Parva on...