Probe into cell hanging


PRISON watchdogs have launched an investigation into the death of a 17 year-old Chesterfield youth after he was discovered hanging in his cell at a young offenders’ institution.

Jake Hardy, of Stonegravels, was serving a sentence for affray and common assault and was found hanging in his cell at HMYOI Hindley, in Wigan, on Friday, January 20.

The former Chesterfield College student was taken to Hope Hospital, Salford, where he was pronounced dead on Tuesday, January 24.

A spokesman for the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, which will investigate the death, said: “We’re very sorry to be informed of the death and extend our sympathies to family and friends whom we will involve in our investigation if they wish and we’ll try to answer any questions.

“Our independent investigation will aim to identity the full circumstances of the death and whether there were any failings in care.

“Where possible we will identify lessons to be learned and make recommendations and assist the Coroner to prevent similar deaths in future.”

Greater Manchester Police confirmed the death was being treated as “non-suspicious”.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “Jake Hardy was found hanging in his cell at approximately 11.45pm, on January 20. Staff attempted resuscitation, paramedics attended and he was taken to an outside hospital but was pronounced dead at 8.05am, on January 24.”

HM Coroner for Greater Manchester West District Jennifer Leeming opened and adjourned an inquest on Tuesday, January 31.