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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 May 2006, 11:33 GMT 12:33 UK
Inmate found dead in prison cell
HMP Liverpool
HMP Liverpool can hold more than 1,300 prisoners
A prisoner has died in custody at HMP Liverpool, the Home Office says.

Staff at the prison found George Kelly, 57, who was serving two years and nine months for theft, hanging in his cell on Monday morning.

Prison officers and paramedics attempted to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Every death in custody is a tragedy, and our sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr Kelly at this time."

Investigation under way

Mr Kelly had received his sentence at Liverpool Crown Court in January, and was not thought to be at risk of self-harm.

The spokeswoman added: "The police, coroner and next of kin have been informed.

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

HMP Liverpool, on Hornby Road, can hold more than 1,300 prisoners.

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