A prisoner from HMP Forest Bank died at Salford Royal Hospital on Tuesday 8th June 2021. The prisoner had an existing illness at the time of death.
The death is one of several fatalities in recent years at the prison, located in Salford. An investigation was launched in March 2021 following the death of an inmate in his 30s, who was found dead in his cell. Prior to this, between July 2018 and September 2019 five inmates died at the prison.
On 11th July 2019, a 63-year-old prisoner suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was found dead in his cell. His family had visited him the day prior to his death and reported that he had appeared grey and ill-looking. In February of the same year, a 27-year-old male was found unresponsive in his cell. He was suffering with mental health issues at the time of his death.
Prior to this, in September 2018, a 36-year-old man was also found dead in his cell and in July 2018 a 50-year-old man encountered health issues shortly before passing away.
Because each of the deaths occurred in custody, investigations will take place by the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. Following the investigation, inquests will take place to look in to the circumstances surrounding the death.
Here at Farleys, we have considerable experience in dealing with inquests regarding deaths in custody and have dealt with a number of deaths at HMP Forrest Bank.
If you have tragically lost a loved one in these circumstances, our specialist inquests team are available to offer you the advice and support you need from the outset. Legal aid may be available in these cases to cover your cost of representation and our solicitors will do everything within their power to assist you at this extremely difficult time.
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