Inquiry is launched into teen’s death

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A 17-year-old prisoner has died after being found hanging in his cell, the Prison Service have announced.

Jake Hardy, who was serving six months detention for affray and common assault, was found at Hindley young offenders institution in Wigan on Friday and taken to hospital, where he died on Tuesday morning.

It is understood he was the subject of an open suicide and self-harm document.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “HMYOI Hindley prisoner Jake Hardy was found hanging in his cell at approximately 11.45pm on Friday, January 20.

“Staff attempted resuscitation, paramedics attended and he was taken to outside hospital but was pronounced dead at 8.05am on Tuesday, January 24.

“As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) will conduct an investigation.”

A PPO spokesman added: “The investigation will identify lessons to be learned to prevent similar deaths of young people. If failings are found, recommendations for improvements are made.

“The investigation will also assist HM Coroner leading up to the inquest.”

“The PPO will involve Jake Hardy’s family in the investigation if they wish to be involved. The investigation will try to provide answers to family and friends about what happened.”