Rise in assaults on inmates and staff at Wayland Prison

HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt

HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

An increase in access to so-called legal highs at a south Norfolk prison has led to an increase in assaults on staff and offenders, according to a report.

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) report for Wayland Prison found there had been an increase in serious incidents between June 2015 and May 2016 with more disruptive activity and violence – both prisoner on prisoner and prisoner on staff.

The report found during the above period access by offenders to NPS, known as legal highs, had increased, contributing to increased tension and violence in the Category C adult male prison. This resulted in an increase in incidents including assaults on staff and offenders.

Staff working in healthcare also said they did not feel safe with more offenders becoming confrontational.

For a third year the IMB noted continued issues with large numbers of offenders waiting for the completion of reports needed to progress through to D category prisons, not helped by the re-deployment of staff to wings to cover staff shortages.

The report added the prison has strong management.

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