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Hello and welcome to Look East, on the day that staff
here at Chelmsford Prison are heavily criticised
for their role in the suicide of vulnerable young man.
Dean Saunders killed himself at the jail after staff
The report says, "the criminal justice system did too
little to protect this very vulnerable man".
Today, I've been speaking to Dean's parents.
Also in tonight's programme: The Government unveils
its new industrial strategy, with the focus on
Long-awaited plans to widen the A12 in Essex are finally unveiled.
Current boss 3, old boss 1 - a welcome win for Norwich City
First tonight, the catalogue of failures that led to the death
of a prisoner in the medical wing here at Chelmsford goal.
On Friday, an inquest jury ruled that Dean Saunders had been
let down by Care UK - the private company that
Today, a damning report from the Prison Ombudsman too.
He said Mr Saunders was "seriously mentally ill".
He should have been in hospital and not in a prison.
Dean Saunders was 25 when he died in Chelmsford prison
He had no history of mental health problems, but had
Mr Saunders became paranoid and delusional.
When he tried to take his own life with a knife, he also
attacked his brother and injured his father.
He was charged with attempted murder and sent to Chelmsford on remand.
It was here that Mr Saunders was placed on suicide watch,
but later a decision was made to reduce his observations,
despite his family begging the authorities not to take him
Just days later, Dean Saunders took his own life.
There are 730 prisoners inside Chelmsford prison, or thereabouts,
tonight. The records show that there
have been 14 suicides Robbie West now on how the prison
system missed chance after chance September 2015, Dean Saunders at
opening presents on his son's birthday. Months later he was an
Chelmsford prison. Today, reporting to his death criticised almost every
aspect of his carer. The investigation by the prison and
probation ombudsman concluded that the criminal justice system did too
little to protect this very vulnerable man. Temp two was at high
risk of suicide when he arrived at Chelmsford. There are a number of
weaknesses in the way this was managed. The report goes on to say
the prison was not an appropriate place for him. In the inquest into
his death, they find that health care staff did not understand that
processes for transferring mentally ill prisoners. No one took any
action for him to call his family and the people who took off constant
watch were not medically qualified. The health care in the prison was
run by Kerry UK. Just last week the report by an independent monitoring
board raise concerns about the running of the health and by the
company. The health care provision was seen to be inadequate. Kerry UK
are going to quit the contract at the prison. Fights nearly every day.
The fights in the queue to get into medical. People saying, my needs are
better than yours. Some people were itching to get their medication. It
just takes off. There have been 14 suicides at Chelmsford since 2007,
each leading to a report like today's. The prison system in a
whole is in complete breakdown and the problems at Chelmsford are
symptomatic of that. Too few staff, too many prisoners means prisoners
are locked up for too long, they don't get educational training. In
Chelmsford there is problems of health care, which is privately run.
It is a problem for prisoners, staff and then for the public and victims
of crime. The Ministry of Justice accepts there were serious failings
around the care Dean and says it has increased implemented improvements.
Dean's family say they are keeping a close eye on things to monitor these
Dean Saunders's parents had never been near a prison until Dean went
here. They believe that so many mistakes have been made and they
have been campaigning. Today I went to see them and we talked about many
things, but we started up the moment that Dean, he had never had any
mental illness, until the day he attacked his father.
He got up off the city to take play tight when we had just beaten and he
came back with a knife went to attack his brother. It took me a few
seconds to realise was happening. I rugby tackled him and he stood up
and they said to him, Dean, what is going on in question might he looked
at me and said, he has changed a dad. It has changed. He mentally?
Yes, he met Lee had changed. He said, you have changed and he
sidestepped bus and went back out into the kitchen, picked up another
night. This is due a perfectly happy son the day before. What to do think
was going on? I just didn't know. I didn't have a clue. I was scared for
him. I just wanted somebody to help them. When you discovered that there
were only monitoring him every 30 minutes rather than constant
monitoring, what did you think? I was absolutely mortified. I said to
them, you can't do that, he will kill himself. We had gone in at that
point when we find out that this only were having the meeting with
them after the visit that hadn't gone well. They said, he is fine, we
are building trust with them. I said, you're not building your
trust, he has just sat there describing a room with gas canisters
and a cherrywood straps and he thinks you're going to do a live
autopsy on him. When think about Dean sitting there in that cell. It
breaks my heart. Absolutely breaks my heart. I said Tamara, why didn't
we save him at home? He would have been with people who loved him. He
would've been surrounded by his family, not shot away thinking
nobody care for him. He suffered for another 14 days, to die in a cell on
his own. And he did suffer. What did they do for him? Nothing. No
medication. He was getting no comfort, no love, no phone calls. No
medication, nothing. I just feel they took away all of his human
rights, stuck in a cell and let them today. Mark, the last you saw him?
That was at home when I was trying to stop him from taking his life. I
could never speak to him again because of the injuries, that put me
on the other side of the fence, they have made me her victim, so they
couldn't have contact with him. I just wanted to tell him that I
understood, he was ill and I understood how I got hurt. They know
it wasn't him, he didn't mean it, I love him and I never got the chance.
And he never got the chance to see Teddy walk. No. No, he was so
looking forward to that opportunity, to be able to run around and play
football with him. His little one started walking two days after he
went, he just missed out. Has this made any difference to you
that everybody has find out that lots of people let you down? It
hasn't brought him back. That's it. I can't change anything for us, it
is too late for us, but it is not too late for the next Dean that goes
in there. The next Dean that goes in the May be able to come out alive if
they seriously try to learn lessons rather than just saying they have.
Has anybody from the prison come to you and said that they are sorry?
No. They made its statement. To be honest, we have been lied to so much
by all of the staff in the prison it would mean to me. Both of you, thank
you. Deborah Coles is the director
of Inquest, a charity which supports families of those
who die in custody. I asked her about this case and what
it says about the prison service as a whole. Well, I think it is an
absolute scandal that Dean Saunders ever ended up in prison in the first
place and I think it raises bigger questions than just his treatment at
Chelmsford, which, quite frankly, I think the jury and J at this
brilliantly in the finding, his death was as a result of neglect and
there were gross failings in his care, but it started with the
decision to criminalise somebody who was mentally ill. He never should
have ended up in the criminal justice system. He should have been
sent to her mental health facility where he could of been looked after
by professionals. And what can we do to make sure that this does not
happen again in the future? I think the big question is, Dean Saunders
was one of 113 prisoners who took their lives last year in prison to
run the country. That is the highest number of deaths ever recorded. It
is alarming and an unacceptable death toll in our prisons. The
government has simply got to act because if they don't do something,
then we know that sadly, Dean will not be the last person to die, and
he will be until we dramatically reduced the prison population we
invest in mental health facilities so that people like Dean Saunders
don't end up in prisons that cannot keep them safe. One of the issues in
this particular case was that bed was not available for him a secure
hospital, so he couldn't have gone. Well, I think that raises two
issues. One are questions about how much robust searching there was for
an alternative to prison, but also it does point to what is well
documented, and that is really shocking lack of investment in
mental health services around the country. We see the same issues
being raised time and time again. That is down to a failure by
government, by ministers in all the relative departments, to act then
translate the learning into practice. Thank you very much.
We do have a statement from the Ministry of Justice tonight. They
say the Ministry of Justice told us that the safety of people in custody
was the top priority, but recognised that there were significant failings
in this case. John Tripp is and has already put in place a number of
mergers are better support people with mental health problems and it
will certainly carefully consider the findings of the inquest. One
other thing that came up during the course of that interview, they have
confirmed that Craig Royce was the person who died in Chelmsford prison
here on Christmas Day. That's it from Chelmsford Prison,
back now to the studio and Susie. The Science Minister says
the Government's new industrial strategy will particularly benefit
this region with its emphasis on supporting science,
research and innovation. He came to Norwich to unveil
the new policy, which could see millions of pounds of investment
coming to our science parks. In the new Leaf Laboratory
at the Norwich Research Park, the Science Minister learns how
plants are producing proteins, This is where the next cure
for Ebola or Zika could be found and it's because of research
like this that the Government is upgrading the role of science
in post-Brexit Britain. We are world class at science,
but you've got to continue to invest in your science base
to stay world class. We always said we would put science
and innovation at the heart of the industrial strategy
and today, with the publication of this important Green Paper,
we can see we've done just that. The growth of the Norwich Research
Park is proof that science has been getting a higher profile
in recent years. Putting it at the top
of this new industrial Ministers see a sector
were Britain can excel, so there will be extra funding,
less regulation and ministers will fight for new deals
to drive up exports. There will also be bigger attempts
to ensure that scientific discoveries get the help they need
to become commercial successes. There is something that is generally
known as the 'Valley of Death' between pure research
and its translation, where investment has probably been
less than it might have been But this new strategy
isn't just about science. There's a promise to
upgrade infrastructure, like roads and broadbands,
support for low carbon energy, There will also be a push for more
schools which specialise in maths and science -
an attempts to produce This sixth form in Norwich
is one of the first. They'll all find themselves
in exactly the same classes, they will follow each other
throughout the day, which means their study periods
will be the same, as well. We'll find that they almost
breed their own community of students and they build
on their aspirations. Today was about the Government's
vision for the future. Now it has to deliver,
but if it can, the East seems well placed to benefit
from the new industrial strategy. What has been the wider reaction
to this announcement? It has been broadly welcomed by the
business community that says scientist something we are good at
and it has the potential to drive the post-Brexit economy. Labour are
also been supportive. The spokesman said today that science has been
underfunded for many years so any extra money is welcome. Some
scientists have pointed out that to succeed they will need a good
principle yield, they will need to be able to recruit the right staff,
take part in the right projects. This industrial strategy has the
potential to be very good for us, but it all depends on those Brexit
Still to come tonight: Jules will be here with the weather,
And if you have ever been stuck on a jam on the A12
you might like this - Highways England unveil plans
A confidential report investigating the suspension
of the Chief Fire Officer in Essex appears to have cleared
David Johnson has been off work on full pay since April 2015.
Now BBC Essex has obtained a document that examines 11
This exclusive report is from Samantha Dalton.
21 months and still not able to return to work. David Johnson's
future as Essex's chief fire officer remains unclear, despite a report
which seems to find no evidence of misconduct. In the report we learned
that Essex Fire authority commissioned a leading barrister to
investigate 11 allegations against David Johnson. Four people were
interviewed and expense of documents reviewed. Among the allegations were
that Mr Johnson's book luxury accommodation instead of budget
accommodation for a conference and feel to given up notice of booking
annual leave. The report concludes that none of the allegations against
him could be established. They have done an investigation. They have
barrister to look at it and there is no case to answer. She prodded
things come to light future down the line, if there is a reason to
discipline someone then they should be disciplined. If there is no
reason to be disciplined, then the need to be back in the workplace.
How can we be in a position where we are funding to me what appears to be
a bit of fun indulgence for someone to prove something that they can't
prove or are unable to provide the evidence to prove it, whilst we are
having people losing their life because of fire. It is an appalling
situation. As a taxpayer I am angry. As a politician, I'm furious. I will
be writing to the Essex Fire Brigade today demanding an explanation.
Essex Fire authority says that the report is not the only piece of
evidence against Mr Johnson and legal representatives on both sides
are working to drop the matter to conclusion, adding that the
investigation has taken longer than anyone would like but the authority
has a responsibility to ensure due process is followed. Unions
understand that Mr Johnson will face a disciplinary hearing next month.
Plans to widen the A12 in Essex have been unveiled by Highways England.
The plan is for three lanes each way between Chelmsford and Marks Tey.
Tricky conditions for drivers braving the A12
The fog contributed to accidents and delays during this
Drivers who are unfortunate enough to have to use this road every day
say even the slightest prang can cause long, long tailbacks.
Welcome, everyone, to the launch of the A12 widening.
That's why this Highways England briefing on improving
the A12 was welcomed by many of the councillors and
A 19-mile stretch between Chelmsford and Colchester is being widened.
There are 90,000 vehicles per day in peak time.
From today, the public is being as for its views
They include making the existing A12 three lanes in both
directions between Boreham, near Chelmsford, and Marks Tey
on the edge of Colchester, or a combination of widening
the road and building one or two bypasses.
The road is in excess of capacity most of the days these days and,
clearly, there is a need to desperately improve that.
If the existing A12 was widened, some homes may have to be
The A12 is at the bottom of the garden.
Chris Long, who lives in Rivenhall, is hoping for a bypass.
Yes, there are alternatives which are far better options
than obviously demolishing 20 people's homes and
The preferred option will be decided in the summer.
Highways England hopes that work will start by 2020.
It has emerged that thousands of people in this region
are being targeted by fraudsters, using a so-called suckers list .
Data obtained by the BBC shows details of more
than 6,000 people from Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk are on the list.
Donald Ellis from side is 82, retired gas engineer. He has been
targeted by scammers for the past ten years. I have had letters saying
sent ?40. He has seen it all, every kind of fraudulent meal and bogus
phone calls from all over the world, France, Germany, Spain, Morocco,
Australia. People phone you up and say you have a parcel. They say, you
have a parcel, you sent us the wrong PIN number. I said I have never sent
you my PIN number, but they say we need it now to pay the ?25. I say, I
don't want it, I haven't ordered anything. Donald is getting help
from a group called turning tides in Southend. They work with the police,
trading standards and the local council to advise elderly scam
victims had to stay safe. The people being targeted again readily believe
that the scams aren't fake, they will win that ?50,000, they will
treat themselves to a holiday, maybe buy themselves a new car. But
clearly that isn't the case. Figures from the National audit of the show
that the average age of a victim of so-called mass marketing fraud is
74. The average loss per victim is ?4500 and there is a 30% chance of a
scam victim falling for another scan within a year. Donald Ellis has
learned the hard way, but he has some advice for anyone who wants to
listen. I am telling older people just hang up on them. Don't send
your PIN number. They tried to mentally wear you down. Just be
careful and don't be sucked in by it, you know?
Football now and Southend have sacked their head groundsman
after Saturday's match was postponed because of a frozen pitch.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Town's dreadful week ended in defeat
to Huddersfield, keeping the pressure on their manager.
But Norwich earned a much-needed win, as Tom Williams reports.
He's a man under the microscope, in the spotlight.
Every decision scrutinised, every performance picked apart.
Saturday's 3-1 win, for now, keeps the Wolves at bay.
I thought it was really good, actually,
I thought it took a long while for the crowd to get
into things, and understandably so after the recent weeks.
But I thought the professionalism and the way the players dealt
with that, and the desire, grit and determination
they showed is something we haven't seen for a while.
Norwich needed it, up against their former
Defeat would have been unthinkable, for many fans too much to take,
but goals from Naismith, Brady and Howson gave City a second
That's four wins from their last five home games, keeping them
Effectively, the signal from inside the club was,
we are going to have a really good crack at promotion.
Now, it's not acceptable, really, to see the situation
Five points out of the play-offs, mid-table, eight defeats
That's probably where a lot of the anger and frustration has
come from the supporters and Alex Neil himself
would be the first to say he is probably fortunate
Has time passed for a change of manager?
I think it has, in terms of the transfer window now
because if you get rid of your manager now,
They will still will have a decent squad, but they wouldn't be able
to bring anybody in, so it would be a tough one,
but I think the club have backed the manager and we all have
to accept that and we all want him to do well.
No letup for Mick McCarthy at Ipswich.
Embarrassed by non-league Lincoln last week, his side put up a fight
against high-flying Huddersfield, but they were beaten
Some tough fixtures coming up and, with Town lying 14th
in the Championship, McCarthy knows he needs victories
It was fast and frock to start the day for some of us today. In some
places that fog really lingered, with temperatures struggling to get
above freezing. There were some breaks in the cloud this afternoon
and where we had the sun we had highs of six Celsius. This cloud
will move eastwards overnight tonight, perhaps producing a little
bit of light rain and drizzle but for most of us are dry night and a
cold one. The temperatures will fluctuate, but already in some spots
we have -1 1-2 , we could see minus five degrees through the night. We
are expecting widespread fog, and that could be freezing fog so there
is a yellow warning in place until 11 o'clock tomorrow morning for some
potentially difficult travelling conditions. Some of the fog could
linger tomorrow through the day. Perhaps not everywhere and some of
us will be lucky to see the fog eventually clearing and some
sunshine coming through, although it is likely to be hazy sunshine.
Temperatures again, when we get the sun highs of six, where we get the
fog. Around freezing. We finished the day under clear skies, but the
frost and fog will reform. Weather the Baha'i migrates further
eastwards and the wind should pick up little bit so some frost and fog
to start on Wednesday but hopefully that should clear more baby because
of the wind and most of us will see it disappear completely and it could
be some brightness. On Thursday, the high pressure is even further to the
east that we start to get a flow of air of the continent that is very
cold. Although we expect quite a lot of sunshine on Thursday it will feel
better, highs of only three Celsius and feeling colder in the wind.
Friday, perhaps a little bursts -- a little less cold but still chilly,
dry with some brightness at times. Looking ahead to next weekend, dry
with sunny spells, still holding onto cold nights with some localised
frost and perhaps a return of the mist and fog, too.
That is all from us. Have a good evening, see you tomorrow night.
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