Nottingham jail inmate admits cutting officer's throat

Nottingham Prison GV Image copyright PA Media
Image caption The Category B prison holds up to 800 inmates after the numbers were reduced from 1,060

An inmate has pleaded guilty to cutting a prison officer's throat.

Police were called to HMP Nottingham on 14 April after what union officials called an "unprovoked attack".

Michael McKenna, appearing at Nottingham Crown Court by video link, admitted wounding with intent and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to another prison officer.

The 25-year-old, of HMP Nottingham, will be sentenced at the same court on 4 October.

McKenna also pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated threatening behaviour towards a detention officer.

POA national chairman Mark Fairhurst said the slashed officer - who needed 17 stitches - was "lucky to be alive as it [the wound] was very close to the main artery on his neck".

Andy Baxter, POA spokesman for the Midlands, added: "This type of attack has an incredible impact on the well-being and mental health of prison staff, and also on their family.

"Imagine you're at home of an evening and you get a call saying your partner has been taken to A&E on blue lights because he has had his throat cut.

"Prison staff have the right to go home at the end of their shift to their families, not hospital."

The Category B male prison has been described as "dangerous" and although some improvements have been made, a recent report said it still had "very significant" problems with violence.

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