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Toilet Troubles

Police in Essex in the UK are being investigated after a man in custody lost the tips of three of his fingers during a struggle with officers in his cell.

Apparently, during the struggle, the man had grabbed onto the rim of the cell's metal toilet as officers tried to restrain him. The tips of his fingers were later recovered from inside the toilet but surgeons attempts to re-attach them were unsuccessful.

That is one seriously dangerous toilet, capable of removing body parts. I'm guessing that the guy is just glad that during his overnight incarceration he never felt the need to sit on the damn thing!

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AliCanary wrote on July 22, 2015, 6:23 PM

The edge was probably well up under the inside of the rim, where no one would have thought it would be an issue. Toilets are made of stainless steel in the first place because inmates would smash the ceramic ones and use the shards as weapons. People are just determined to be ornery, I guess!

Kasman wrote on July 22, 2015, 6:26 PM

If he had he would have faced judgement in the end! emoticon :smile:

Feisty56 wrote on July 22, 2015, 7:32 PM

Sometimes your humor has me smiling, other times groaning. Lol With this comment, it was both.

Feisty56 wrote on July 22, 2015, 7:35 PM

I am a crime/noir buff, and as such have watched many British police/crime dramas. I am ever so fascinated at how polite the "coppers" are there, compared with the gun-toting, "I've got my hand on the Taser" American police. Had that fella resisted restraint in the U.S., it's likely that a lot more than the tips of his fingers would be missing.

WorDazza wrote on July 23, 2015, 3:04 PM

It's actually quite a big issue in the UK right now, people dying while in police custody, so I'm not sure the good old British Bobby is as restrained as you might think!!

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 23, 2015, 9:11 PM

That was a pretty crappy thing to have happen to the prisoner. (Yes, I know, but someone was going to put it in a comment, so why not me?)

Feisty56 wrote on July 23, 2015, 11:47 PM

I hadn't realized the UK has been experiencing people dying in police custody. I am sorry to hear that. The police are to protect and serve -- not just the law-abiding, but every individual.

WordChazer wrote on July 24, 2015, 2:25 PM

I saw the headline for that piece on one of the news sites. Glad I didn't read the rest of it over lunch as I usually do with the news. Would have quite made me sick!

WorDazza wrote on July 24, 2015, 3:51 PM

I'm not actually sure it's all down to out and out violence on the part of the police. I know some of the individuals involved have had special medical needs and due to relatively high numbers of arrests the duty sergeants haven't had time to establish this before having them taken into the cells. No matter the cause it's not really acceptable!!

Feisty56 wrote on July 24, 2015, 6:58 PM

In my mind, it often boils down to accountability. Ultimately, some one or a few are responsible for these deaths, injuries, etc. It may not be the person working the desk -- it may be whoever schedules inadequate staffing, etc.