Po­lice bat­tle men­tal health

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FIVE peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues racked up a whop­ping 8,655 calls to the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice in 2017 – cost­ing £70,000 to an­swer.

A watch­dog for po­lice forces in Eng­land and Wales re­leased the fig­ure to show how po­lice are now the “de­fault” ser­vice to deal with men­tal health.

And Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary and Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice claims the broader men­tal health sys­tem is “bro­ken”.

A spokesman said: “It is a na­tional cri­sis which should not be al­lowed to con­tinue. There needs to be a fun­da­men­tal re­think and ur­gent ac­tion.”

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