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Update: Investigation into Shropshire baby deaths and injuries - investigation now totalling 1,862

Guy Pomphrey
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Since I first wrote about Donna Ockenden’s review into maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust on 24 July 2020 the total number of cases under investigation is now up to 1862. The independent review into maternity care at the...

Inquest into the death of Elsie Frost now concluded

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Before HM Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern Division) Mr Kevin McLoughlin Wakefield Coroner’s Court Concluded Tuesday 19 November 2019 The fresh Inquest into the death of 14 year old Wakefield schoolgirl Elsie Frost who was murdered...

Inquest Into Death of Elsie Frost To Commence 18 November

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Before HM Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern Division) Mr Kevin McLoughlin Wakefield Coroner’s Court Opening Monday 18 November 2019 – Expected to last two days The Inquest into the death of 14-year-old schoolgirl Elsie Frost...

Inquest into the death of Leah Cambridge to commence on 15th July

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Before HM Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern Division) Mr Kevin McLoughlin Wakefield Coroner’s Court Opening Monday 15 July 2019 – Expected to last three days The Inquest into the death of 29 year old mother of three Leah...

Inquest into death of James Quinn now concluded

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Before HM Senior Coroner Terence Carney  Gateshead & South Tyneside Coroners Court An inquest into the death of 61 year old James Quinn (Jimmy) has now concluded following three days of evidence heard before HM Senior Coroner Mr Carney. On...

Inquest Annual Northern Conference

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INQUEST warmly invites you to a half-day conference held in the North where we will look at issues concerning Inquest funding, practice and procedure. Gemma Vine, associate solicitor and head of Minton Morrill's Inquest team , will be speaking...

Thomas Cook remove guests from Egypt hotel after death of Lancashire Couple

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Thomas Cook have been offering their customers alternative hotels within the resort of Hurghada from today, as well as giving them the option to return home after the death of John and Susan Cooper. At the moment their deaths are still being...

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons critical annual report

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HM Chief Inspector of Prisons critical annual report: Disturbing prison conditions have no place in the 21 st Century On 11 July 2018, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons produced his annual report for 2017 to 2018. The report covers 1 April 2017 to 31 March...

Before HM Assistant Coroner for South Yorkshire (East District) - Mrs S L Slater - Doncaster Coroner's Court

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Conclusion 5 July 2018 Gail Pickles, the daughter of Richard Lee says as follows; I am extremely relieved that the inquest process is finally over and that the Coroner made findings that my father received two sets of his prescribed medication, on two...

Inquest Opens Into Death Of Richard Anthony Lee

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Before HM Assistant Coroner for South Yorkshire (East District) Ms S L Slater Doncaster Coroner’s Court Opening 25 June 2018 – Expected to last three days Richard Anthony Lee died on 15 December 2016. His death occurred after a...

Urgent Notification for HMP Exeter

Komal Hussain
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The Chief Inspector of Prisons triggered the urgent notification process for HMP Exeter on 30 May 2018. An unannounced inspection of HMP Exeter took place between 14 and 24 May 2018 which identified a number of significant concerns with regard to the...

Inquest opens into death of farm manager in York following police contact

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Before HM Coroner Turnbull York Innovation Centre York Science Park, Heslington YO10 5DG 10:00am 12 December to 15 December 2017 An inquest opens tomorrow into the death of Glen Brough, 36. Glen died of an apparent self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound,...

Inquest opens into the death of Katie Hamilton whilst a mental health inpatient in Leeds

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Before HM Coroner Jonathan Leach  Wakefield Coroner’s Court Opens 4 December, 10am – expected to last 2 weeks An inquest into the death of 26 year old Katie Hamilton will begin on Monday 4 December 2017. Katie died in hospital...

Shortage of Mental Health Beds for Adolescents Now a Priority?

Komal Hussain
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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...

IPCC Article concerning fatal police shooting investigations

Komal Hussain
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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...

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...

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,...

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...