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INQUEST: Police took 49 minutes to respond to dad's 999 call

Friday 18th September 2020

POLICE took a total of 49 minutes to respond to a dad's emergency call while his son lay dying on the kitchen floor.

Richard Betts Jr (23) was being restrained by his father after using a spade and a screwdriver to attack him.

Mr Betts had a long history of violent behaviour and drug and alcohol abuse.

Call logs show the first 999 call to the family home at Larkspur Close, East Malling, took place at 6.54pm.

The dad, who criticised Kent Police for the time they took to arrive, had been restraining his son on the floor for around 40 minutes before police showed up.

A two-day inquest into his death heard the once keen sportsman had been battling mental health issues and had been diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

Assistant coroner James Dillon recorded a narrative verdict.

 

READ FULL REPORT FROM THE INQUEST IN NEXT DOWNS MAIL

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