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Prisoner has fingers severed by toilet during struggle

Posted in: Finger Injuries Personal Injury 

An investigation has been launched into Essex Police after a prisoner had three fingers severed while in custody. The 33-year-old was being detained in a Colchester police station in Essex when he grabbed hold of a toilet bowl in his cell during a struggle and lost the tips of three of his fingers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has since launched an investigation.

The IPCC will investigate claims made that the prisoner was handcuffed after the incident happened, and allegations of a time delay in taking the prisoner to hospital. It is thought that seven Essex Police officers will be questioned with regards to the incident, but the force has refused all comment.

Detained in connection with a public order incident

The accident happened on 1 May after the individual was detained in connection with a public order incident. He lost part of three of his fingers on his left hand.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to independently investigate an incident at Colchester Police Station on May 1, 2015 where a man suffered serious hand injuries while in custody.

A full report will be published in due course.

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