HMP Nottingham prison officer arrested after investigation

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Image caption The eight prison officers who have been suspended work at Nottingham prison

A prison officer has been arrested and seven others suspended following a police investigation.

A 28-year-old man was arrested by Nottinghamshire Police on suspicion of conspiracy to cause actual bodily harm and has since been bailed.

The suspensions follow an investigation into a suspected plot to harm someone.

National newspapers said the prison officers allegedly goaded Muslim inmates until they needed to be restrained as part of a racist game.

The Prison Service confirmed eight people had been suspended from HMP Nottingham but said it would be "inappropriate to comment further."

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A police spokesman said: "The 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause actual bodily harm and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

"A further seven members of staff have been suspended from duty while an investigation is carried out."

He said the alleged incidents happened "some time ago".

Nottingham Prison is a category B local prison with a maximum capacity of 1,060 men.

It takes prisoners from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

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