'System failed rapist, 16'

A teenager who hanged himself in a Lancashire young offenders' institution was failed by a number of experts, a report has found.

Gareth Price, 16, was found hanging at Lancaster Farms Young Offenders' Institution on January 19 2005, the day before he was due to be sentenced for rape.

A report into his death found the teenager was traumatised by the death of his older brother, who hanged himself in the garden of the family home in February 2001.

Gareth, from Ferryhill, County Durham, one of 13 children, was remanded in custody for two counts of rape on September 6, 2004.

He pleaded guilty to the charge, but soon began threatening to commit suicide or to self-harm.

The report by the Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) found that Gareth was failed by a string of professionals before and after his incarceration, including council youth offending services in Lancashire and County Durham, the prison service, his own solicitor and a visiting psychiatrist.

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