Police launch review into assault claim

A REVIEW is under way today into how a Suffolk man on remand in Norwich Prison received life-threatening injuries.

A REVIEW is under way today into how a Suffolk man on remand in Norwich Prison received life-threatening injuries.

Michael Cornwell, of Back Lane, Monks Eleigh, was left fighting for his life at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, with serious head injuries.

The 53-year-old was taken ill following a court appearance in which he was granted bail after being brought to Ipswich Crown Court from Norwich Prison.

As reported in Tuesday's Evening Star, he had previously claimed he sustained head injuries at the jail following two assaults.

It has since emerged he had been put in protective custody after telling wardens he had been attacked.

However despite this a police investigation is yet to be launched by either Suffolk or Norfolk police.

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A spokeswoman for Norfolk police today revealed the force is “reviewing” an earlier investigation into an allegation of an assault against Mr Cornwell while he was in Norwich Prison.

The spokeswoman said: “The incident happened at the beginning of August and an inquiry was launched at the time.

“Officers are now working to establish if there is any link between this earlier assault and Mr Cornwell's current medical condition.”

A spokeswoman for Addenbrooke's today said Mr Cornwell remained in a “stable” condition.

Weblink: www.norfolk.police.uk

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