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Prison officer’s ear bitten off by inmate

Posted in: Criminal Injury and Assault Head and Brain Injuries Workplace Injuries 

A prison officer at HMP Nottingham had part of his ear bitten off by a prisoner earlier this week; only a few months after the authorities raised staff safety concerns. The incident happened on Wednesday at around 09:30. An ambulance was called to the Category B prison immediately after the accident happened, which transported the officer to the Queen’s Medical Centre. Having been discharged from the hospital, the officer will continue to receive treatment.

In April of this year Nottingham Prison was branded “dangerous” as a result of overcrowding, budget cuts and a lack of staff. Disturbances in the prison increased from 11 incidents in 2011 to 48 in 2013. Nottingham Prison has only a certified normal accommodation of 700 inmates, yet it is currently holding over 1,000. A recent report found the prison to be 50% overcrowded.

“Severe consequences”

A spokeswoman from the Ministry of Justice stressed that violence towards staff in he prison would result in “severe consequences”. She continued: “We always press for the most serious charges to be laid against anyone who is violent in prison.

Furthering this, a prisoner at the jail reportedly attempted to blind himself last week. The prisoner was only days from being released, and was taken immediately to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment. Other inmates in the prison said that the man suffered with mental health issues.

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