2nd December 2015

On 30 November 2015 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found no case to answer for any Officer following an investigation into the death of a woman detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Toni Speck was taken into custody on 2 June 2011 after reports of erratic behaviour.  She was described as being in an agitated state and resisting Officers.  She was placed in a Police Station cell and found unconscious approximately 4 hours after her arrest.  Officers and Paramedics attempted to resuscitate her without success.

The IPCC investigation stated that although 30 minute welfare checks were conducted whilst Ms Speck was detained in the Police cell more frequent checks could have been conducted given her distressed state.  Further because Ms Speck was a vulnerable person an appropriate adult should have been present during her detention.  The IPCC also stated there had been a significant delay by North Yorkshire Police in informing Ms Speck’s family of her death.  The Force reviewed and amended their procedures in June 2012 following a recommendation from the IPCC.

IPCC Commissioner Kathryn Stone OBE stated:

“I hope the lessons learned from this tragic event will help others in the future”.