In February 1977 he was taken away from his parents and put under a place of safety order
at Pelham House School in Cumbria.
The latest figures on such detentions, made under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, show the reported number of "Place of Safety Orders
" involving Durham Police, where an individual was taken to a police station has increased 34.1%, from 41 in 2012/13 to 55 in 2013/14, according to figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
Police stations were used for one in three place of safety orders
, which involve removing a mentally ill person from a pubs lic place to a place of safety.
The Act abolished notorious Place of Safety Orders
and said all cases of alleged child abuse had to be brought before a proper court within three days, and declared the child's interest paramount.