Support The National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund

National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund
‘support for families affected by deaths in state custody in the United Kingdom’

source: 4WardEver UK
published: 6 March 2016

The purpose of the Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund is to ensure that families or their campaign groups across the UK can get access to small grants to provide practical domestic assistance, to further the work of their own campaigns or assist them in engaging in other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives. Visit Facebook page.

The Memorial Family Fund has been established in remembrance of Mikey Powell and acknowledges the work and campaigning of the late Pauline Campbell.

Funds will be available for:

  • Promotional materials (banners, t-shirts, badges, business cards etc)
  • For help with stationary, postal and related items or equipment
  • Help towards travel costs to events, inquests or conferences
  • Assistance towards the costs of counseling or therapy services
  • Support with essential household provisions and bills
  • Short holidays and family respite breaks

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Safer custody: camera-based vital sign alarms will save lives

Police Cellsource: Real Wire
published: 21 June 2016

Oxehealth, the first company in the world to bring a medical-grade, contact-free vital sign monitoring system using digital video cameras to market, will be launching its technology at IFSEC International this week.

Publically exhibited in a cell setting for the first time outside of Oxford, and in collaboration with globally renowned partners Hanwha Techwin, Oxecam software promises to transform the safety and care of detainees and patients in secure room environments.

Cameras equipped with the Oxecam software can measure vital signs including heart and breathing rate anywhere in a room and totally contact free, using normal digital video camera sensors.

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‘Impartiality’ concern raised over death in custody inquiry

Olaseni Lewis
Olaseni Lewis

source: The Voice Online
published: 6 May 2016

The senior coroner in the investigation into the death Olaseni Lewis has flagged up concerns over the impartiality of staff at the mental health facility where the 23-year-old was restrained by police officers.

Selena Lynch, senior coroner for south London, said staff at Bethlem Royal Hospital could feel unable to speak openly about the death of Lewis because their legal representation is being paid for by their employer, reported the Croydon Advertiser.

IT graduate, Lewis, was restrained face down for a total of 40 minutes, in two prolonged periods, by up to 11 officers in 2010 at the Kent facility run by South London and Maudsley (SLaM).

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