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MP calls for jail suicide inquiry
HMP Shrewsbury
Three prisoners apparently hanged themselves in August
An MP is calling for an investigation into the "dismal" suicide record at Shrewsbury Prison.

George Stevenson has asked for an inquiry into a recent hanging to be extended to examine why so many inmates have died at the prison.

One of the Stoke-on-Trent South MP's constituents, Mark Keeling, was found hanged on Wednesday. His was the sixth apparent suicide at the jail in a year.

Three inmates have died from hanging in the last fortnight alone.

"There should be a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding this particular tragedy," Mr Stevenson said of Mr Keeling's death.

"That should be extended to find out why it is this particular prison has got such a dismal record in terms of suicides.

"That would lead the government to identify the circumstances and the factors involved here."

Prison 'overcrowded'

Mr Keeling, 31, from Newstead, Stoke, died in hospital on Wednesday evening after being found in his cell earlier in the day.

He was on remand accused of burglary.

Two other men, Phillip Parvin, 40, on remand for theft, and Lee Nottingham, 30, who had just begun a sentence for the same offence, also died in August after being found hanged at the jail.

Enver Solomon, from the Prison Reform Trust, has described the prison as one of the most overcrowded in England and Wales.

The deaths are being investigated by Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Stephen Shaw, who the Prison Service said has been conducting all death in custody inquiries since April.

BBC News has learned that 14 inmates killed themselves in English prisons in August - the highest figure for a single month since records began.

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