HM Prison Service

  1. Dartmoor prison: Attacks on staff double since lockdown

    BBC Spotlight

    Staff shortages and lockdown restrictions are responsible for "escalating" numbers of attacks on officers at HMP Dartmoor, the Prison Officers' Association has said.

    The association said fewer than 30 officers were "regularly" on duty to look after more than 600 prisoners at the prison in Princetown, and assaults on staff at the jail were increasing in frequency and seriousness.

    The Ministry of Justice said it was investing £2.75bn to improve prisons and increase security nationally, and that violence against staff would never be tolerated.

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    Dartmoor Prison

    The prison, in Princetown - with the village also home to some of the prison's 300 staff - was originally built in 1809 to hold French and American prisoners of war.

  2. Keys stolen and staff threatened at Young Offenders site

    Six inmates at Wetherby Young Offenders' Institution stole a set of keys, threatened staff and damaged furniture during a disturbance at the site on Monday, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.

    Wetherby Young Offenders Institution

    The National Response Team was called in to deal with the problem at the site on the outskirts of Wetherby on Monday evening.

    A Prison Service spokesman said: “Specially trained staff quickly resolved an incident involving a small group of young offenders. The incident has been referred to the police.”

    The Ministry of Justice said that no one had been injured in the disturbance and the set of keys had been recovered.