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Police admit A&E attack failure

Police have admitted not adequately searching an arrested man who went on to release a noxious substance in an A&E department.

A small number of people at Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester suffered minor effects, similar to those associated with CS gas, said police.

A 46-year-old man was earlier taken to the hospital after he was arrested in Dukinfield shortly after 3.15am today and deliberately banged his head in a police van.

It is believed the substance was emitted from an item that appeared to be a cigarette lighter and led to the closure of the A&E department for one hour.

Chief Superintendent Rob Potts, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "While it is too early to say exactly what happened, it is clear we have failed to sufficiently search the man prior to putting him in the van.

"This matter is being referred to our Professional Standards Branch for review.

"We arrest many people every single day and in the vast majority of cases they are searched and brought into custody without issue.

"Unfortunately on this occasion this has not happened.

"While some people did suffer some mild side-effects, thankfully it has not caused anyone to become seriously ill; however, it is regrettable that this incident caused the closure of the A&E department for a short time."

The 46-year-old suspect was further held on possession of a noxious substance and offensive weapons.


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