into social worker stabbing, says MP
by Staff Reporter
MP has called for a "full inquiry" into the death of a
social worker who was killed when visiting a client.
Philip Ellison, 47, was stabbed to death during a visit on Monday
to a supported housing scheme for people diagnosed with mental health
problems. Mr Ellison worked for Lancashire County Council.
Searle, 51, was arrested at the scene of the stabbing in Glebe Close,
Fulwood. He has been detained in secure accommodation under the
Mental Health Act.
Glebe Cottages is owned by the Places for People group.
Valley MP Nigel Evans, whose constituency covers Fulwood, told journalists:
"There has got to be a full inquiry. Lessons have to be learned
to protect other social workers."
Searle's eldest daughter, Catherine, told the Lancashire Evening
Post that her father "would never have done this on purpose."
told the paper that Mr Searle was diagnosed with an obsessive compulsive
Searle, whose father committed suicide when he was 15, was sectioned
in 2002 and spent five months in the Avondale unit at the Royal
leaving the unit, he moved into a flat in Deepdale, but was later
Searle moved in with Catherine but left a note one morning after
trying to kill himself.
told the Lancashire Evening Post: "I woke to ambulances and
paramedics and found a note that said, 'Sorry Cat, I can't go on'."
2006, Mr Searle moved into the shared accommodation scheme in Glebe
year a mental health worker, Ashley Ewing, was stabbed to death
by a client in Newcastle.
Searle can be held for up to 28 days without charge, but will be
assessed throughout that period to establish whether he can be interviewed
25, 2007: Mental health worker stabbed to death by client -
expected “brilliant psychologist” Ashley Ewing, left,
killed during visit to flat. Inquiry ordered after Ronald Dixon
warned he was dangerous, court hears.
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