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Higher Walton murders: How long you can be detained under the Mental Health Act

Written by on November 24, 2021

A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after the killing of two people in a home near Preston.

Tricia Livesey, 57, and Anthony Tipping, 60, were both stabbed to death in the property in Higher Walton on Saturday (November 20).

Lancashire Constabulary was called to the house in Cann Bridge Street at 1.40pm on the day where they found the bodies of both Tricia and Anthony.

READ MORE: Higher Walton couple stabbed to death in their own home

Since then, a man aged 35 from the local area has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Currently, he has been detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

This means that he can be sectioned for as long as 28 days, meaning there could be no update for a further four weeks.

Mental health charity Mind says: “The section can’t normally be extended or renewed.

“But you may be assessed before the end of the 28 days to see if sectioning under section 3 is needed.”

A Section 3 order would last up to six months.



The scene in Higher Walton
The scene in Higher Walton

You can be detained under Section 2 for the following three reasons:

  • A persons has a mental disorder
  • You need to be detained for a short period of time for assessment and possibly medical treatment
  • It is necessary for a person’s own health or safety or for the protection of other people.

Detective Chief Inspector, Pauline Stables, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with the family and friends of Tricia and Anthony.

“I appreciate that their deaths and the manner in which they died must have been a terrible shock to those who knew them.

“While we have arrested one man – who has now been detained under the Mental Health Act – our enquiries into this incident are very much ongoing and if anyone has any information which could help us I would urge them to get in touch.”

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