Stats show 47 deaths in Aberdeen while serving CPOs

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New figures have revealed 47 people have died in the last four years in Aberdeen while serving a community payback order (CPO).

A freedom of information request to north-east local authorities has shown the number of people who have passed away while under supervision since 2014.

In Aberdeen 16 people died in 2017-18 while under supervision – the highest of north-east authorities.

The number of deaths in 2014-15 was 13, eight in 2015-16 and 10 in 2016-17 for the Granite City.

Aberdeenshire Council recorded four deaths in 2017-18, three in both 2016-17 and 2015-16 but last year’s figure is an increase from two in 2014-15.

Angus Council was the only authority to provide information regarding the cause of death. Two of the five deaths in 2017-18 in Angus were a suspected drug overdose.

Figures supplied by Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Angus councils showed 76 people died in the area while under a CPO. No statistics were available for Moray.

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An Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership spokesperson said: “We acknowledge there has been a recent increase in the number of deaths of people subject to a community payback order.

“We are working with our partners at NHS Grampian to monitor the situation and to try to gain a greater understanding of the reasons behind the increase.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The death of any individual, no matter what the circumstances, while on release under supervision or licence, is regrettable, and our sympathies go to their family and friends.

“The annual criminal justice statistics record the number of deaths relating to individuals on a community payback order or drug treatment and testing order.

“The Care Inspectorate is notified of cases, in line with guidance on serious incident reviews, as well as any circumstances where an individual dies while residing in an offender accommodation service.

“The recent Criminal Justice Social Work Serious Incident Reviews report found that between February 2015 and December 2017, the Care Inspectorate received 43 notifications on this basis.”