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Five arrested in connection with HMP Haverigg death

[P]olice have arrested two men today (1st February) as part of an investigation into the death of a man at HMP Haverigg.

The arrests of a 45-year-old man from Birkenhead and a 26-year-old man from Liverpool are in connection with the death of inmate Keith Abbot, aged 32, who was found deceased in his cell on 15th July 2016. The two men are currently detained for questioning.

Three other men, who are currently serving prison sentences in north west England, were arrested on Monday 30th January in connection with this death and have subsequently been bailed and remanded. They are aged 30, 25 and 22 respectively.

The investigation, which has been ongoing for the past six months, is aiming to establish facts surrounding Keith Abbot’s death which is being treated as suspicious.

The investigation forms part of an operation, named Knightsbridge, which is investigating a number of reports of physical and sexual assaults within HMP Haverigg, as well as the circumstances of two deaths inside the prison.

Detective Chief Inspector Roy Ledingham, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who may have information regarding Mr Abbott’s death to contact us and share what you know. No matter how trivial you may deem your information it could assist with our enquiries.

“Any information will be treated sensitively and professionally by experienced detectives.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from the Operation Knightsbridge team. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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