Watchdog criticise Aberdeen Police for leaving prisoner with broken arm without care

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ACCORDING to a new report from the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner Aberdeen Police delayed the obtaining of medical attention for a prisoner with a fractured elbow.

The Police watchdog has recommended that Police Scotland launches an investigation into the extent to which staff as Kittybrewster custody centre in Aberdeen adhere to national safety standards.

The report comes in response to an incident in which a 39 year old man, who repeatedly told police he had a broken arm, was left without care for several hours.

The man was arrested following an altercation involving three other men on 26 October 2014 in Aberdeen City Centre.

The findings report that the police should have been more proactive in their care of the individual in custody
The findings report that the police should have been more proactive in their care of the individual in custody

 

The watchdog report also noted that even though 19 officers attended the incident, door stewards from a local venue were left to restrain the men.

Their report, published on Thursday, said that officers should take more responsibility for the restraint and arrest of individuals at the earliest possible opportunity, removing the responsibility from the public.

According to the findings: “While being processed into custody the man told staff that he had a broken arm, however this was not recorded and although a doctor was on duty, he was not asked to provide medical attention.

“During the course of the night, the man repeated his complaint but again, this information was not recorded and a doctor was not requested to attend the man until 8am.”

The organisation Commissioner Kate Frame said: “Police staff at Kittybrewster should have recorded the man’s repeated complaints in relation to his arm, both upon his admission to custody and during the hours that followed, seeking medical attention from a doctor at the earliest opportunity.”

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