HMP Altcourse prisoners arrested over inmate death

HMP Altcourse Image copyright Sue Adair
Image caption Police were called to the prison at 11:00 GMT

A prisoner has died after a suspected attack by another inmate at a Merseyside jail.

Police were called to HMP Altcourse in Fazakerley, Liverpool, at 11:00 GMT following reports of an assault.

An inmate was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at Aintree University Hospital. Two prisoners aged 41 and 33 have been held on suspicion of murder.

Last month a prison inspection said gang rivalries and drugs had caused rising levels of violence.

Officers from Merseyside Police's Matrix serious organised crime team, which investigates gun and gang-related crime, are investigating the murder.

The HM Inspectorate of Prisons report pointed to a problem with "gang issues and the availability of drugs, particularly new psychoactive substances such as Spice and Black Mamba", at the prison.

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