Children suffering from mental health conditions put in prison cells for want of suitable hospital beds

The vast majority of cases involved young people who posed no threat to the public, but who were suicidal or in danger of self-harming

More than 200 children, some as young as 12, were held in police cells while suffering mental health crises last year, because of a lack of suitable hospital beds, figures obtained by The Independent on Sunday reveal.

Police in England and Wales detained 202 vulnerable under-18s under the Mental Health Act, some for more than two days, despite widespread condemnation of the practice. Hampshire police held a 17-year-old girl for 63 hours and 40 minutes, while Nottinghamshire police held a 16-year-old girl for 52 hours.

Why breakfast is so important for your health

Porridge for breakfast is a great start to the day

By Weekend

Grabbing breakfast on the go, or missing it completely in the mad morning rush, is a common feature of today’s hectic lifestyles. After all, why waste precious time sitting down to a good healthy meal, when you can just munch on a breakfast bar on the way to work?

One man and his dog take on Exeter half marathon

Mark Goff with Pongo and brother in law Tom

Dimbleby Cancer Care

One man and his dog from Ponsanooth took part in the Exmoor Half Marathon earlier this month in memory of his BAFTA winning uncle and raised £550 for charity.

Mark Goff, 30, ran the race with his dog, Pongo, and his brother-in-law, Tom, in memory of Chris Collins, a BAFTA winning producer, who died of cancer last year.

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