Leader of the New Sihala Urumaya Sarath Manamendra was arrested by the Welikada police this afternoon.He was arrested for failing to appear in court over a domestic issue, the police said. Manamendra said that he was arrested by the Welikada police and is scheduled to be produced in court.
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Sarah Brennan, chief executive of mental health charity YoungMinds, said: “This case should never have reached this crisis pitch – if the right care had been available earlier it is very likely she would not be in such crisis and danger today.”It is shocking that in 2017 we cannot find the appropriate care for a young person in such desperate need, even when there is a recognised duty of care.”Coming out of the Youth Justice system makes it even more complex, and they must also accept responsibility for her care. “High quality support must be available for those who need treatment in hospitals, and it is equally vital that this support continues when they leave hospital and are back in their community.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. On Friday he added: “Following extensive assessments, the NHS has identified a bed for this young woman in a safe and appropriate care setting which will best meet her needs. The bed will be available ahead of the release date.”Labour MP Luciana Berger, who previously served as shadow minister for mental health, branded the case a “life and death situation” and called on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to take immediate action.The judgment concerns a girl who has “on a large number of occasions” in a secure unit made “determined attempts to commit suicide”.Staff at the unit where the girl is being held, referred to as ZX, have said sending her back to her home town would be a “suicide mission to a catastrophic level”.Experts believe she needs to be placed in further care following her release, but so far no appropriate bed has been found.The teenager must leave the unit no later than 3pm on August 14.In his ruling, Sir James, the president of the High Court’s family division, said the case “should make us all feel ashamed”.He said: “For my own part, acutely conscious of my powerlessness, of my inability to do more for X, I feel shame and embarrassment; shame, as a human being, as a citizen and as an agent of the state, embarrassment as President of the Family Division, and, as such, Head of Family Justice, that I can do no more for X. “If, when in 11 days’ time she is released from ZX, we, the system, society, the state, are unable to provide X with the supportive and safe placement she so desperately needs, and if, in consequence, she is enabled to make another attempt on her life, then I can only say, with bleak emphasis: we will have blood on our hands.” A “safe and appropriate bed” has been identified for a suicidal teenager after a High Court judge warned “we will have blood on our hands” if care was not found upon her release from a secure unit.Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, had revealed there were no places available for the girl in an “appropriate clinical setting” when she is freed in 11 days.He said he felt “shame and embarrassment” that he “can do no more” for the girl, known only as X, in a judgment delivered in private in the High Court family division sitting in Manchester.After Sir James’s judgment beds were identified in three appropriate care settings, and on Friday evening the NHS said a placement would be made available before her release date. Dr Mike Prentice, medical director for the NHS North Region, said: “The judge is quite right that the relevant agencies need to ensure a safe, new care placement for this young woman, which is suitable given the great complexities of her situation.”That is what is now happening, and a number of options have now been identified, with detailed clinical and social assessments taking place on Friday to ensure the right package of care can be put in place before her release date.”