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Welsh police 'assaults' condemned

Fustis | 22.04.2002 06:59

In spite of the Professional Standards Departments try to cover up their colleagues misdeeds, the news will get out :O)

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Welsh police 'assaults' condemned
By Richard Eden, The Telegraph, (Filed: 22/04/2002)

EUROPE'S anti-torture watchdog has criticised the police in Wales for a number of alleged assaults against prisoners and for keeping "dirty and poorly ventilated" cells.

A report by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) says there is a noticeable gulf in standards between England and Wales.

A number of young people interviewed by the committee's five-strong delegation claimed to have been ill-treated by police officers in different parts of Wales. Most said the incidents had taken place as they were arrested while some alleged that they were abused in their police cells, including being punched and kicked.

The report, published today, says: "A number of young persons interviewed separately at both Parc Prison [in Bridgend] and Hillside Secure Centre [at Neath] alleged that they had been ill-treated by police officers in different parts of Wales."

While police cells in the London region were found to be "satisfactory", an inspection of Cardiff central police station found its cells were "dirty and poorly ventilated".

In its response to the report, the Government said chief constables in Wales were "anxious to make it clear that inappropriate treatment of detained persons is not acceptable".