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Funeral of Kingsley Burrell takes place in Handsworth

THE funeral of Birmingham man Kingsley Burrell took place in Birmingham on Friday – 17 months after his death in police custody.

The service at Hamstead Road Baptist Church, Handsworth, was followed by a march along Soho Road to Handsworth Cemetery. Family and friends of the 29-year-old, from Hockley, are demanding answers from authorities about how he died. Mr Burrell had dialled 999 on March 27, 2011, claiming to have been threatened by a gang in Icknield Port Road, in Ladywood. Officers who arrived at the scene detained the trainee security guard under the Mental Health Act. Within hours, he was sectioned and taken to a mental health unit in the city.

Three days later, police were called to the Mary Seacole mental institute in Winson Green after an “incident” involving the dad-of-two and he was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he died on March 31. Campaigners are still demanding answers about the death and have now held two marches. The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an inquiry into Mr Burrell’s death. Speaking before a march in August this year, Mr Burrell's mother Janet Brown, said: “How can a strong, fit young man be taken off the street with no history of mental health issues and die within three days? “I want answers which directly focus on how my son came about his death and under what circumstances. The system has failed my son or he would be here with us today."

 

Source: Birmingham Mail.

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