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POA Press Releases

PR 78 19 Dec 2013

Belmarsh Prison Officers - No Case to Answer

The POA are delighted that it can now be revealed that the five prison officers at HMP Belmarsh accused of an alleged assault on a prisoner have been exonerated with no case to answer by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Steve Gillan General Secretary of the POA stated;

“This is the correct decision; my members had carried out their duties in a thoroughly professional manner and should never have been suspended or referred to the Police in the first instance. They and their families have been under an enormous amount of pressure since the allegations emerged in July 2013 and that is something that should never have occurred.”

The POA are disappointed however that NOMS have not lifted the officer’s suspensions and intend to investigate our members further internally. The POA do not believe this is in the interests of natural justice and is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money.




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