News Desk Archive

Prison Disturbances: tip of an iceberg?

Government cuts to prisons sparked a disturbance involving around 40 inmates at a jail in Kent, the Prison Officers’ Association have warned – while another prisons expert said it was the tip of an iceberg. Police and fire crews had to be deployed to Maidstone Prison when the trouble erupted in one of the wings. […]

Grayling In Prison Privileges Crackdown

All convicted male prisoners are to be banned from watching violent and sexually explicit films as part of a crackdown on “perks” that comes into effect today. Inmates will also be required to wear a uniform for their first two weeks behind bars, and will lose automatic access to daytime television and gym equipment. The […]

Police Plea To Missing Child Killer

Detectives will spend a fourth day hunting for a convicted child killer who absconded from prison in Worcestershire. West Mercia Police are concerned about the state of mind of Alan Giles, who was jailed for life in 1997, and have made a direct appeal for him to hand himself in. Giles left HMP Hewell in […]

Murder Inquiry Launched In Lincoln Prison

A murder investigation has been launched after a 73-year-old prisoner – serving a nine-month sentence for voyeurism – was found dead in his cell in Lincoln. Alan Goode, a serial peeping tom, was jailed in October after he was found lying on a cubicle floor in the women’s toilets of a Leicester shopping centre. An […]

Serco Staff Sacked Over Sex With Inmate

Two staff at a privately-run immigration removal centre for women in Bedfordshire have been fired for engaging in sexual activity with a detainee. A third employee at Serco-operated Yarl’s Wood was also sacked for failing to take any action when the female detainee reported the two men, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said. […]

Prisoners should have internet access

Prisoners should have access to computers and the internet to help with reintegration into society and reduce reoffending once they are released, according to research. Secure, controlled use of the web can also transform education, family contact and resettlement in jails, the joint Prison Reform Trust and Prisoners Education Trust report said. Through the Gateway: […]

G4S Accused Of Shocking Prisoner Abuse

Staff at one of South Africa’s most dangerous prisons, run by British firm G4S, have been accused of “shocking” abuses and of losing control. The South African government has temporarily taken over the running of Mangaung prison from G4S and launched an official investigation. It comes after inmates claimed they had been subjected to electric […]

Police Probed After Jail Cell Death

Police conduct during the period between the arrest of a man for assault and his death in prison three days later is under investigation. Christopher Shapley, 43, of Aberdare, was found dead in a cell on September 20 after his transfer from South Wales Police custody the day before. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) […]

Women’s Prisons To Close

Two women’s open prisons, as well as a mother and baby unit in London, are set to close as part of a shake-up of the way female offenders are treated. HMP Askham Grange in Yorkshire and HMP East Sutton Park (above) in Kent will close “in due course” because the changes will mean there is […]

Scandal-Hit Serco Chief Resigns

Serco chief executive Christopher Hyman has resigned, the scandal-hit services company has announced. Mr Hyman quit as the firm attempted to rebuild its relationship with the Government following controversies over its handling of key contracts. He said: “I have always put the interests of Serco first. At this time, nothing is more important to me […]

Stuart Hall Charged With Rapes

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall, from Cheshire, has been charged with the historic rapes of two girls. Hall, 83, is serving a 30-month jail term for sexually abusing 13 victims, one as young as nine, over a period of nearly 20 years. The latest fresh claims relate to two alleged victims aged between 11 or 12 […]

Stuart Hall Taken To Police Station Over More Sex Offences

Disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of committing more historic sex offences. Hall, 83, has been taken from Kirkham prison where he is serving a 30-month jail term for sexually abusing 13 victims, one as young as nine, over a period of nearly 20 years. The latest allegations relate to […]