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Inquiry into the death of Bernard Lodge published

The inquiry into the death of Bernard Lodge, who died whilst in custody in August 1998 has today been published by the Justice Minister Claire Ward MP. Bernard Lodge (who was also known as Sonny Lodge) died at Manchester Prison on 28 August 1998. The inquest into his death was held in 2001, and concluded that Mr Lodge had killed himself. Mr Lodge's family argued that the inquest was insufficient to meet the investigative requirements of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Ministry of Justice commissioned an independent investigation to examine the circumstances in which Mr Lodge took his own life and to see whether there are lessons to be learned that might contribute to the care of prisoners at risk of suicide and self-harm. The investigation initially began on a non-statutory basis, then, on 23 February 2009 the investigation into the death of Bernard Lodge was converted into a statutory inquiry under The Inquiries Act 2005. The report of the inquiry was laid before Parliament under House of Commons paper HC 127.

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