§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
As the hon. Member is aware, there was one death in these circumstances on 19 June 1989.644W
Information about deaths of persons in police custody including the place and cause of death and the circumstances surrounding the death have been set out, since 1980, in the annual reports of the chief inspector of constabulary and the Metropolitan police commissioner. There do not appear to have been any previous deaths in cellular police vans. Information about injuries is not recorded centrally.
Cellular police vans were introduced by individual police forces at different times over a period of many years. They were first used by the Lancashire police in 1984.