Stoke Heath young offender found hanged

Nicholas Saunders
Nicholas Saunders

all credits: BBC News
5th April 2011

A prisoner serving a sentence in Shropshire has died after being found hanged in his cell. Nicholas Saunders, 18, was at HMP Stoke Heath, which holds young offenders.

He was found hanging in his cell at 1330 BST on Saturday. Staff attempted emergency resuscitation and paramedics tried to save him, but Mr Saunders was pronounced dead at 1440 BST.

The Prison Service said as with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman would investigate.

Charity’s concerns over Stoke Heath death
originally by: Shropshire Star
6th April 2011

A charity which gives a free advice service to families of those who have died in custody today raised major concerns over the death of a teenager at a Shropshire young offenders’ institution.

INQUEST said it was particularly worried about the death of 18-year-old Nicholas Saunders who was found hanged in his cell at Stoke Heath YOI, near Market Drayton at the weekend.

Selen Cavcav, from the London-based organisation, said it was the second death in the last four months at the institution where the circumstances appeared to be similar.

It comes as the family of Mr Saunders, of Shrewsbury, today also demanded answers over why he was not more closely monitored in his time at Stoke Heath.

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