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Teenager Who Committed Suicide After Newquay Arrest Sparks Change In The Law
10:52am 25th April 2013
A teenager who killed himself after being caught with 50 pence worth of cannabis in Newquay could spark a change in the law.
Seventeen year old Eddie Thornber was summoned to court, but could not face telling his mum and dad.
Mum Ann Thornber said: "From him getting the court summons, the next day he then went and took his own life, so we know that is what caused it, undoubtedly. And we weren't there.
"We feel helpless because we weren't there to help him. In his hour of absolute need, we were not there because we didn't know anything about it."
At the moment, under eighteens are treated as adults when they are taken into police custody.
But the High Court ruled on Thursday morning that they should be treated as children, meaning police must call parents if their child has been detained.
The final decision will be taken by the Home Secretary Theresa May.
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