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From The Star in The United Kingdom:
South Yorkshire police officers made a "serious mistake" by locking a man up and treating him as a drunk when he was the victim of an assault which left him brain-damaged and needing care for the rest of his life.

Dean Hutton, aged 23, of Buckleigh Road, Wath upon Dearne, was locked in a police cell overnight after he was attacked by two brothers armed with a scaffolding pole.

Although he was the victim, police called to the incident discovered a warrant had been issued for his arrest after he missed a court hearing for using a phone while driving.

When he was booked into a cell at Rotherham's Main Street police station the custody sergeant did not record he had a head injury - and so as his condition deteriorated as a result of the attack officers mistakenly classified him as being drunk.

After 11 hours in custody Mr Hutton's condition had deteriorated so badly he was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot on his brain.

An investigation into his treatment in custody carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission found errors were made - and called for a series of improvements to the custody admission procedure - both locally and nationally.
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