Appropriate adult not available for many vulnerable people in police custody (UK)

Up to a quarter of a million adults with mental illnesses are not being supported by an appropriate adult while in police custody, according to a report.

An analysis of police data showed appropriate adults – trained volunteers who help with communication, welfare and legal rights – were used in around 45,000 of the 1.4 million detentions and voluntary interviews of adults each year, even though up to 280,000 involved those who were mentally vulnerable.