Girl, 16, with mental health problems held by police for nearly 48 hours as ‘no NHS beds free’

A teenager with mental health problems has been held in custody by police since Thursday night as there are no beds available on the NHS, according to a senior police officer.

The 16-year-old girl was detained on Thursday night and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 by Friday lunchtime, said Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton of Devon and Cornwall Police.