Press Contacts

Mark Fairhurst - National Chair:
Mobile 07968 108284

Steve Gillan – General Secretary:
Mobile 07971 838590

Mick Pimblett - Press Officer:
Mobile 07968 317 398

POA Press Office:
020 8803 0255 Option 7

POA Press Releases

217 20 Jan 2020

RIOT AT HMP STOCKEN

At 17.00hrs on Saturday 18th January 2020, prisoners at HMP Stocken rioted on Mike Wing. The incident started when 5 prisoners accessed the netting and a Prison Officer was attacked from behind by a prisoner yielding a pool ball in a sock. Staff then withdrew from the wing for their own safety.

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216 10 Jan 2020

COWARDLY VICIOUS ATTACK ON PRISON STAFF AT HMP WHITEMOOR

The POA have condemned a vicious and cowardly attack on Prison Staff which took place at HMP Whitemoor on Thursday 9th January 2020.

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215 19 Dec 2019

POA LEGAL CHALLENGE AGAINST CONTEMPT OF COURT TO BE CHALLENGED AT APPEAL

The Secretary of State for Justice instructed Government Lawyers to apply for a Contempt of Court against the POA.

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214 02 Dec 2019

TRIBUTE TO JACK MERRITT AND SASKIA JONES

The POA are saddened by the senseless murders of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones.

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213 02 Dec 2019

VICTORY FOR POA IN MAJOR HEALTH AND SAFETY CASE REGARDING STAFF ASSAULTS

The POA has secured a landmark agreement by the Prison Service which for the first time:

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212 21 Nov 2019

NATIONAL STRIKE IN COLOMBIA

The POA Prison Officers Trade Union unconditionally supports peace and human rights in Colombia and sends solidarity to all Colombians participating in the National Strike.

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211 13 Nov 2019

Steve Gillan General Secretary Re-Elected

The POA General Secretary Steve Gillan has been re-elected in a contested election ERS have confirmed. The elected period of office commences from May 2020 until May 2025. This will be Mr Gillanís 3rd term of office as General Secretary.

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210 31 Oct 2019

POA CALL ON URGENT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION

The POA today called upon the Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland QC MP to urgently intervene in order to protect Prison Officers at work.

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209 25 Oct 2019

PRISON POPULATION INCREASE

Official figures today show that the prison population stands at 83,795 in England and Wales. This is 486 more than the same week twelve months ago.

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208 25 Sep 2019

HMP LONG LARTIN

A major disturbance at HMP Long Lartin has once again raised significant concerns about safety, order and control in our Prisons. What is particularly concerning about this disturbance is that HMP Long Lartin is a High Security Prison housing some of the most dangerous prisoners in custody.

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