South Yorkshire Police are being called to deal with incidents at Doncaster’s hospital 16 times a week, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Star report:

POLICE are being sent to deal with incidents at Doncaster Royal Infirmary around 16 times a week according to Freedom of Information figures.

The statistics were disclosed by South Yorkshire Police after a suicidal man who pulled out a knife at the hospital’s accident and emergency unit when officers arrived to arrest him was given one ‘last chance’ by a judge.

Jason Holdgate, 20, was told by Judge Paul Watson QC at Sheffield Crown Court he needed help not prison as he sentenced him to a two-year community order.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.