The Daily Mirror: Cop cells crowded

Wednesday, 9 January, 2008

The number of prisoners held in police cells soared 13 fold last year.

Packed jails led to police cells being used over 60,000 times in 2007, up from 4,617 for the previous year.

The government yesterday claimed the rise was inevitable.

But shadow police minister David Ruffley said: "It means stations are being clogged up and police time wasted."