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Singer Spears remains in hospital
Britney Spears on 14 January
Spears has been denied the right to visit or look after her two sons
Singer Britney Spears is continuing to receive treatment in a hospital in Los Angeles amid reports that she is on a psychiatric ward.

The 26-year-old was taken to the UCLA medical centre by ambulance with a police escort in the early hours of Thursday morning.

She has been committed to a psychiatric ward for a 72-hour stay, according the the Reuters and AP news agencies.

A UCLA spokeswomen refused to confirm if Spears was at the hospital.

Her manager Sam Lutfi told reporters that the star was being held for a three-day mental evaluation on the orders of her psychiatrist, Reuters said.

US law allows for a patient to be placed on "involuntary psychiatric hold" for 72 hours if it is thought they could pose a danger to themselves or others.

Last month, Spears was admitted to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center after refusing to surrender custody of her two sons in a police stand-off.

Following the incident, sole custody of Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, who is one, was awarded to ex-husband Kevin Federline.

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