Inquest into the death of the youngest child to ever to die in custody to start

An inquest into the death of Adam Rickwood, the youngest child to die in custody, will begin this week.

Adam, 14, from Burnley, Lancashire, was found hanging in his room on 9 August 2004 at Hassockfield secure training centre, which is run by private company Serco.

Adam, who had a history of self-harm including cutting his wrists, died hours after being restrained by staff.

The inquest, which is scheduled to last three weeks, begins on Tuesday 1 May at Chester-le-street Magistrates Court in County Durham.

Carol Pounder, Adam’s mother, will be the first to give evidence.

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