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POA Press Releases

133 19 Oct 2016


The POA once again, has serious concerns following the incident at HMP Pentonville on the 18th October 2016, which led to the tragic death of an offender. The actions of the staff at Pentonville maintained good order and discipline and prevented this situation escalating.

This incident has been referred to the Police and whilst they conduct their investigations the Union will not make further comment, other than to say the unprecedented rise in violence in all of our Prisons must not be underestimated. There have been a significant number of suspicious deaths in Prisons, which the Police have being investigating over the last 18 months.

The POA pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the offender who lost his life.

We now ask for the Ministry of Justice to fully investigate this matter and the underlying problems within the Prison Estate.




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