Plas­ter­board police cell de­stroyed by ar­rested man

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Sa­man­tha Kett A SUS­PECT held in cus­tody at Gan­dia Lo­cal Police sta­tion wrecked his en­tire cell and caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to ad­join­ing ones – be­cause the walls are only made of plas­ter­board.

As re­ported in Costa Le­vante News last week, the ac­cused had led police on a high-speed chase over 60 kilo­me­tres of N-332 af­ter jump­ing a check­point in Gan­dia, and was fi­nally ar­rested in Llaurí, near Sueca.

He had lit­tle dif­fi­culty in de­stroy­ing his cell or even rip­ping out the win­dow – rip­ping up €6.4 mil­lion worth of works only car­ried out twoand-a-half years ago – given the flimsy na­ture of the struc­ture.

Not even the police them­selves had re­alised the cells were ren­dered in plas­ter­board, which pub­lic safety of­fi­cer Àn­gels Pérez says is 'against the law'.

They are sup­posed to be re­in­forced con­crete or metal struc­tures to stop crim­i­nals try­ing to break out.

Af­ter tear­ing down one set of walls, the ar­rested man was moved to an­other cell, where he re­peated the per­for­mance.

Of­fi­cers bar­ri­caded him in af­ter this, in the cov­ered atrium, where he ripped out one of the cell win­dows from the out­side.

He was taken to Gan­dia hospi­tal for his self-in­flicted in­juries to be treated, then im­me­di­ately trans­ferred to the high-se­cu­rity jail in Pi­cas­sent, near Valencia.

Sra Pérez says the cell block, as well as be­ing in­se­cure, never even had plan­ning per­mis­sion when the pre­vi­ous PP-led coun­cil built it.

Soon af­ter it went up, more had to be spent on it to fix leaks and fit air-con­di­tion­ing and heat­ing.

The dam­age in­flicted by the pris­oner this week will cost about €20,000 to re­pair.

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