Teenager found hanged in cell dies

Tuesday 19 April 2011 17:19

A 17-year-old boy has died after being found hanging in his cell, the Prison Service said.

Ryan Clark, who was on remand at Wetherby young offenders' institution in West Yorkshire, died shortly after being found hanging in his cell yesterday morning.

An investigation has been launched.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "At approximately 7.51am on Monday April 18, HMYOI Wetherby prisoner Ryan Clark was found hanging in his cell.

"Healthcare staff attempted resuscitation and paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at an outside hospital at approximately 8.55am.

"As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."

It comes after a teenage robber who was on suicide watch in prison died three days after being found hanging in her cell.

Mahry Rosser, 19, was serving three years in New Hall prison in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, for a robbery in Swansea in November 2009.

Rosser, who was also facing outstanding charges for arson while in custody, was found hanged in her cell on Thursday evening and taken to hospital, but died on Sunday afternoon.

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