Family heartache over loss of Brian

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THE family of Brian Savage – the road crash victim who died in a Spalding police cell – spoke of their heartache at the end of an eight day inquest.

They are glad lessons will be learned and that Coroner Gordon Ryall is asking police and ambulance bosses to improve working practices at the scene of road crashes.

But Brian’s son, Philip Fox, and sister, Joy Salter, feel someone should have been blamed.

Mr Fox said: “At the end of the day, I have been robbed of my dad and Joy has been robbed of a brother. I think someone should be blamed for this.

“I am going to see if I can get some more advice and take it further.

“It’s not the end of it legally as far as the family are concerned.”

Mr Savage, of Queen Street, Sutton Bridge, died at the police station on February 25 last year after being detained at a road crash in Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge.

He was examined there – and again at the police station – but the East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic and a G4S nurse failed to spot his fatal injuries.

Experts told the inquest his injuries should have been found and one, Stephen McCabe, said Mr Savage would “probably have survived” had he been taken straight to hospital.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found no fault with police conduct in the case.

IPCC regional press officer Mark Pearson said: “The IPCC investigation has found that police officers complied with their duty of care towards Mr Savage throughout his arrest and detention.

“Under the Police Reform Act, the IPCC has no remit to investigate the actions of those individuals employed by the ambulance service or Group 4S Medical who determined that Mr Savage was fit to be detained by the police.”

Police Detective Chief Insp David Wood said: “The coroner has made two recommendations around the issue of communication and the handling of those under the influence of alcohol in situations like this. We will, of course, take those issues on board and work with EMAS to identify potential areas for learning.”

EMAS would not answer questions with regard to Angela Bone – the paramedic who went to the crash – but said it will “where necessary provide guidance and retraining to staff”.

Ambulance communications manager Phil Morris said EMAS took the coroner’s recommendations seriously and will develop the good working relationship it already has with the police.