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Inmates found hanged at prison.

TWO men have been found dead at a prison on Merseyside - in the week it received a glowing inspection report from the government.

An inquiry has been launched after the men were found hanged in their cells by prison authorities at HM Prison Altcourse, in Fazakerley, Liverpool. Lee Jason Crabtree, 32, from Llandudno, North Wales, had been on suicide watch - where possibly vulnerable prisoners are closely monitored - but was found dead by prison wardens at 3pm on Monday.

David Oakes, 25, from Warrington, Cheshire, was found shortly before 4.20pm on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead by the prison doctor.

A prison spokeswoman said an internal and police inquiry had been launched into the deaths, but they were not currently thought to be linked.

The spokeswoman said: 'Lee Jason Crabtree, aged 32, from the Llandudno area, was found hanging in his cell by prison staff. ' Crabtree was on suicide and self-harm watch. He was on 15-minute checks and was last checked by prison staff at 2.45pm and found at 3pm.

'First aid was immediately given to try and resuscitate him up to the arrival of paramedics.'

He was taken to Fazakerley Hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Crabtree was on remand at the prison
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2005
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