Saturday 25 October 2008: The annual United Friends and Families Protest marched on Downing Street to highlight the numbers of deaths in custody for the tenth year.
10th United Families and Friends March 2008
In 2007 523 died in custody. This figure did not count deaths in police custody, as the numbers of the dead were not known at the time the IPCC report was published. 21 people died in police cells that year, 27 in 2006, 28 in 2005, 36 in 2004. 586 in total died in custody in 2006.
Interestingly, custody death figures are calculated over the same period as the working tax year.
A Home Office spokesperson told the BBC: “Around 1.5 million people are arrested each year and nearly four million others are subject to street activity through stop and search or street penalties.”