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Review of Section 135 and 136

I mentioned that the Government had recently announced a review of sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.  Well, the public consultation is now out and you have your chance to have your say.  I would encourage as many people as possible to answer this request for views, whether you are an … Continue reading

Mary O’HARA (the Guardian)

Why we need the online presence of MentalHealthCop – Mary O’HARA (the Guardian)

Nick COHEN (the Spectator)

Why the police silenced one of the best officers in Britain – Nick COHEN (the Spectator)


Is it OK if this post is a somewhat indulgent off-load of something exacerbates my stress levels and causes my blood pressure to rise?  Thanks.  Far too many times in the last few weeks, I’ve heard versions of these kinds of things in operational situations or during some presentations I’ve done to police / healthcare … Continue reading

Hicks v The Commissioner

Another post on some recent case-law that arises from an incident which was nothing to do with policing and mental health.  However, upon learning of it strikes me as very relevant to the way in which officers use their Common Law power to prevent a breach of the Queen’s Peace.  I submit that all officers … Continue reading

More Thoughts on Mr Webley

I’ve been thinking since the weekend about the recent judgment of Webley v St George’s (2014) the subject of my most recent post.  I’ve come back to it again because the more I’ve thought about it, the more it raises a whole host of problems of a legal and practical kind. I want to explore … Continue reading

Webley v St George’s (2014)

The police were called in April 2010 to the home of Mark WEBLEY in London.  During the incident, he appeared agitated and threatened police officers with furniture before then climbing on to a window ledge, with the appearance that he would try to jump.  Officers restrained him to prevent him harming himself, he was arrested for … Continue reading

Barricades, Weapons and Hostages

This last week has brought a number of queries about the role of the police in restoring or maintaining order on psychiatric wards where disturbances have occured. This is a difficult and controversial subject because we have seen incidents on wards involving the police which have then become subject to protracted inquiries after deaths in … Continue reading

Inquiry and Review

The government have today announced a review of sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. This does not appear to be something that individuals can directly contribute to but the press release from the Secretary of State for Health makes it clear that this is a joint review with the home office and … Continue reading

After Cheshire West

We saw last week’s judgment from the UK Supreme Court on deprivation of liberty safeguards in the case that became known as “Cheshire West” – it may be worth refreshing your memory about the ruling ahead of this post unless you’ve follow the issue as keenly some.  I’ve spent the week watching with interest as … Continue reading


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