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Cornwall's Police Forced To Look After Mental Health Patients

Cornwall's Police Forced To Look After Mental Health Patients

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:50pm 16th March 2015.

One of Cornwall and Devon's top cops claims police spend a fifth of their time dealing with mental health patients.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton says forces have to help because the health service hasn't got enough beds to treat them.

He says it's unacceptable they had to keep a suicidal young person in custody for three days.

He warns the cuts are causing tension.

He said: "The challenge for the health service is that they have got to provide the staff to staff them and look after the patients, and they are having to make very tough choices, I understand that, but it is never right that these patients are coming into police premises and we are having to look after them."

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