Police have detained Everton and England star Aaron Lennon under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
They’ve said that the 30 year old is being treated for a ‘stress-related illness’ – but what is the Mental Health Act and what does Section 136 say?
The Mental Health Act came into force in 1983, and gives police the power to detain an individual against their wishes if they feel the person meets one of the following criteria:
- They are in need of mental healthcare
- They may be a risk to themselves or the public
When the act is invoked, it’s often referred to as ‘sectioning’ someone.
Section 136 allows police to remove a person they are concerned about from a public place, taking them to a place of safety instead.
Although the person has been detained, they aren’t arrested – instead, they are taken to a care centre, where doctors will usually examine them in a mental health unit.
The person can be held for 72 hours while doctors look into the situation and arrange a care plan.
A place of safety can be a friend or relative’s’ home, or a police station.
The police can’t remove someone from their own home under the act.
What happened to Aaron Lennon?
Aaron Lennon of Everton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary’s Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Southampton, England (Picture: Getty)
The Everton midfielder was picked up by Greater Manchester Police on a busy road in Salford, close to the M602, on Sunday.
It is reported that officers approached the footballer and negotiated with him for 20 minutes – then took him to hospital.
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Lennon joined Everton from Tottenham in a £4 million deal on the last day of the 2015 transfer window.
His last match was a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough on February 11.