No case to answer over hospital death

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THE death of a man who took his own life after going missing from a Bradford hospital could not have been prevented by police, a watchdog has found.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said there was no evidence to suggest officers should have acted any different prior to Peter Barnes being found dead at Cygnet Hospital.

Mr Barnes, from Lincoln, was reported missing from the psychiatric intensive care unit of the hospital in Wyke on October 13 2011 and assessed as low-risk.

Actions taken by West Yorkshire Police to find him included asking Lincolnshire Police to check a number of addresses connected to him, circulating a photograph and description, and issuing a nationwide alert to other police forces.

Searches of the hospital grounds were carried out by hospital staff and police officers before the 31-year-old’s body was found a week later.

The IPCC investigation found there was no case to answer for any officer but did reveal “a number of areas of learning”.