Vulnerable pensioners are being locked in police cells when care home staff cannot cope with them.

A shocking official report reveals that a 90-year-old dementia sufferer was put in custody after he rowed with his carers and they dialed 999.

In another desperate case, a 75-year-old with multiple health problems was detained even against the advice of his doctor.

The examples were uncovered by watchdogs investigating police treatment of the elderly, the mentally ill and children.

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