Category Archives: Assaults by prisoners on prisoners

Prison assault on ex-soldier was ‘terrorist attack’

2paraThe Times has reported that a former paratrooper on remand in prison has been severely beaten by a gang in a “terrorist attack”, it was alleged yesterday.

Eight men assaulted Craig Jones in his cell at Hewell prison, West Midlands. One of the gang members is alleged to be a Muslim serving ten years for causing the death of a soldier by dangerous driving in 2014.

Jones, formerly of 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, had only recently arrived at the jail and was targeted because of his military service, a source said. “I was told he had a fractured eye socket, they sliced up his face and beat him to within an inch of his life. It was a major incident,” the source added.

Jones was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, where soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan are treated. He is expected to be returned to prison shortly.

A Prison Service spokesman confirmed that an incident had taken place and said that a police and prison investigation had been started.

“A prisoner at HMP Hewell was taken to hospital following an incident on Saturday, January 9,” the spokesman said. “The circumstances are being investigated by both the police and the prison, and we will take action against anyone found to have been involved.”

The Muslim inmate was jailed in October. He had already been banned from driving when he sped through a red light at almost 70mph and ploughed into the back of a car being driven by the soldier, killing him instantly.

He ignored the carnage at the scene and ran off, but four witnesses wrestled him to the ground. The victim had served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and received full military honours at his funeral.

Nick Hardwick, the outgoing chief inspector of prisons, expressed concern last month about the threat posed by Muslim gangs in jails, including fears that they may be radicalising vulnerable inmates.

He said prison officers should not be deterred from tracking gang-related activity if the members of the gangs were Muslims.

One prison governor said that the growing influence of Muslim gangs was a major issue for the jail system. The governor said that many prisoners were so fearful of Muslims that they formed alliances with them for protection.

Others, however, say that some inmates were attracted to joining Muslim gangs because they were seen as the latest powerful group in Britain’s jails.

Prison sources said that the attack on Jones was not being investigated as a racist incident, but was thought to be linked to a dispute over tobacco.

Hewell prison holds 1,266 remand and sentenced prisoners. A prison inspection report in 2014 found significant levels of violence, including some serious attacks. The previous year there was an attempted murder. The report said prisoner-on-prisoner assaults were high and that they were often linked to debt, which arose because of delays in new inmates receiving orders of tobacco from the jail’s shop.

Inmate dies after prison assault

A prisoner who was allegedly punched by another inmate at HMP Rochester has died. Fraser Stent, 28, died in hospital a week after the alleged incident at HMP Rochester, a Prison Service spokeswoman said. Kent Police were called to the jail on October 12 and a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and… Continue Reading

Jail Staff Criticised Over Prisoner Killing

Former Irish prisoner Gary Douch had consumed “a considerable amount of alcohol” in a cell in Mountjoy jail just before being beaten to death by a prisoner who was displaying psychosis, a report has found. The two men should never have been placed in the same cell together, the Commission of Investigation into the 2006… Continue Reading

HMP and YOI Ashfield – high levels of violence and use of force by staff

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons,Nick Hardwick, above, in a report on Ashield Young Offender Institution published today says: In January 2013, the Justice Secretary announced plans to close HMYOI Ashfield and re-role it as an adult prison. The inspectorate had plans to conduct an unannounced inspection of the establishment in February 2013. We decided to… Continue Reading

Ashfield – high levels of violence and use of force by staff

Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, in a report to be published at midnight, says that in his final inspection of HMYOI Ashfield before it is re-roled from a juvenile institution to a category C adult male prison for sex offenders, he found there were high levels of violence, self-harm, along with high levels… Continue Reading

Muslim prisoners ‘injured’ after refusing to join Muslim prison gang

An increasing number of Muslim inmates complain they are being intimidated to join the Muslim Brotherhood, a prison gang, and some have received injuries following a refusal to do so. Mark Leech editor of Converse the national newspaper for prisoners in England and Wales said he was aware of an ‘increasing number of complaints’ from… Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE! Full Sutton Prisoner in Critical Condition After Throat Slashed

A prisoner at Full Sutton maximum security prison near York is in a critical condition after another prisoner slashed his throat with a knife. Mark Leech, editor of Converse the national newspaper for prisoners in England and Wales said: “Converse sources at the jail told the newspaper that the whole prison had gone into lock… Continue Reading

Hindley Prison: Inspectors found “overwhelming levels of self-harm and violence”

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, in a report on Hindley Prison published today (25th April) says: HM Young Offender Institution Hindley is a large establishment just outside Wigan with the capacity to hold 440 boys and young people aged 15 to 18. At the time of this inspection it was only just over… Continue Reading

PRISONERS BEING ROBBED EVERY DAY AT DORSET JAIL

CONVERSE The National Newspaper for Prisoners in England and Wales PRESS RELEASE. No Embargo. 2/11/2012: 10.35HRS   DORSET PRISONERS IN FEAR OF THEIR LIVES “Prisoners are being robbed every day and there is no staff around to stop it” Over a dozen prisoners at Guys Marsh prison in Dorset have signed a petition and smuggled… Continue Reading

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