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Inquest into death of Tony Davies hears of changes to CCTV in prison vans

by: This is Staffordshire
published: 25 May 2012

Changes have been made to CCTV systems in prison vans after a suspect died while being transported to a police custody centre. An inquest into the death of Tony Davies heard how the 32-year-old was found slumped in a caged cell and was unresponsive when the van arrived at Middlewich Custody Suite.

Mr Davies was picked up by police in Crewe, near the scene of a burglary in Barthomley Crescent on April 7 last year. Officers observed he was drunk and recorded that detail on a risk assessment form.

But as he was able to talk and walk they put him in a cell in the back of a van driven by a lone civilian escort officer. She drove the 20 minute journey to the Cheshire Police custody suite.

The inquest was told Mr Davies vomited during the journey but that this was not unusual for detained suspects. Post mortem tests showed Mr Davies was six times over the legal drink drive limit and his cause of death was given as acute alcohol poisoning.

Denise Vogan, the civilian officer who drove the van, said: “When I first saw him I noticed Mr Davies was staggering but I wouldn’t have said he was very drunk.

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Posted by on 29 May 2012. Filed under Custody Deaths & Abuse,Policy & Reform. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

6 Responses to Inquest into death of Tony Davies hears of changes to CCTV in prison vans

  1. Jenny Hope Reply

    20 June 2012 at 12:50 am

    It is a disgrace that it took a death to bring about reform. But we all must support efforts to make change if there is to be change.

  2. Frasier Mathew Reply

    20 June 2012 at 12:48 am

    More change must come – reformation is the key.

  3. Wesley Ahmed on Facebook Reply

    29 May 2012 at 9:45 pm

    just another cover up !!! NJNP !!!

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