Prisoner found hanged at HMP Hewell months after death criticism

By Harriet Ernstsons Saturday 29 March 2014 Updated: 01/04 23:36

A PRISONER at HMP Hewell has been found hanging just two months after a report criticised the amount of deaths there.

Worcestershire Coroners Service confirmed Scott Brian Cattell died on Tuesday (March 25). The 43-year-old was found hanging in his cell and an inquest has been opened and adjourned awaiting reports.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said he was found unresponsive at 7.45pm, following which prison staff attempted CPR and paramedics attended, but he was pronounced dead at 8.36pm.

She added: "As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."

It comes after The Standard reported in January that Hewell was one of the worst in the UK for suicides and murders.

Figures taken from the Ministry of Justice's records and released by the Howard League for Penal Reform showed five deaths were recorded at the Tardebigge prison in 2013 - three suicides, one murder and one death which had not yet been classified.

At the time, Howard League chief executive Frances Crook, said each death in custody was a tragedy and almost all of them were preventable.

"The responsibility for an increase in the number of people who take their own lives in prison lies squarely with those who advocate putting behind bars more and more people who do not need to be there."

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