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Everton’s Aaron Lennon Detained By Police Under Mental Health Act

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Aaron Lennon of Everton celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Stoke on Trentl, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Everton and England winger Aaron Lennon has been detained by police under the Mental Health Act amid concerns for his mental welfare.

The 30-year-old was found by the side of the road by police on Sunday, as reported by BBC Sport, and spent 20 minutes conversing with officers before being taken to hospital for examination.

A police statement confirmed that Lennon, who has not played for his club for the past two months with an undisclosed issue, had been taken into custody for his own safety:

“Police were called at around 4.35pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017 to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man. Officers attended and a 30-year-old man was detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital for assessment.”

HALEWOOD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Aaron Lennon of Everton warms up during a training session at Finch Farm on February 25, 2015 in Halewood, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Lennon’s club Everton have since issued a statement of their own, pledging their support for the midfielder and his family but requesting privacy at this highly sensitive time:

“Aaron Lennon is currently receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness. The club is supporting him through this and his family has appealed for privacy at this time.”

Neither the police nor Everton are likely to make any further comment on the matter on this or any other time, and hopefully Lennon will get the support and help that he needs to get through this.

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Author: The PA Team

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