Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Sunday, February 02, 2014

POST IN SUNDAY TIMES RE DEATHS IN CUSTODY ARTICLE

 As an Independent Custody Visitor on the Bexley panel I can confirm grave concerns about the standards of care in custody.

Basic entitlements are not provided routinely.

Detainees are often left without food and drink, cold, with cell lights undimmed during the night, without their normal medication, uncertain as to what is happening to them or what time it is, and with no access to wash, shower, read, write or exercise.

Additionally, they are subject at times to dangerous restraint techniques or strip searches carried out without warning and without the police seeking first to achieve cooperation through  non coercive means.

 It is also routine to handcuff on arrest, mainly in the rear position which is painful, humiliating and largely unnecessary. 

We know that such use of aggressive tactics has led to death through excited delirium.

Juveniles as young as 11 are detained in adult cells.

 A black man was held recently, not having eaten or drunk, for nearly the full 24 hour period and without having been told where the police had taken his baby. Unsurprisingly he was highly agitated about which the police appeared unconcerned. 

Another black man was in tears about his situation. 

Those with mental health issues or emotionally vulnerable are not handled sensitively. 

There are often detainees who cannot understand English, and are confused and fearful and have not had their entitlements explained. 

Deaths will continue to occur in custody, shaming our society, until measures are introduced to ensure proper standards are maintained, PACE regulations are followed and non confrontational arrest and restraint procedures are used as the first option.

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/National/article1370748.ece

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