Police sergeants on misconduct charge over death

originally by: Manchester Evening News 
published: 9 May 2012

Two police sergeants are facing charges of misconduct after an inquest found a man who collapsed in custody and later died was neglected.

Craig Young, 39, suffered a cardiac arrest in a cell at Cheadle Heath police station, Stockport, in the early hours of November 23, 2010. He had been left on the cell floor for several hours without being roused, an inquest heard.

After he suffered cardiac arrest, a forensic expert who viewed CCTV from the cell told the hearing at Stockport Coroners Court how it was five minutes before any attempt was made to resuscitate him after he took his last breath – leading to irreversible brain damage.

He remained in a coma at Stepping Hill Hospital for four months until he died from pneumonia on March 6 last year.

The inquest jury found Mr Young died of natural causes contributed to by neglect.

Today, we can reveal the hearing uncovered a string of failures by officers that led to Mr Young’s death:

  • They failed to carry out a risk assessment on Mr Young’s arrival to the police station;
  • They failed to get a medical assessment and send him to hospital;
  • They failed to conduct regular cell visits at 30-minute intervals as set out in custody guidelines.

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