Press Contacts

Mark Fairhurst - Acting National Chair:
Mobile 07968 108284

Steve Gillan – General Secretary:
Mobile 07971 838590

Glyn Travis - Press Officer:
Mobile 07968 324045

POA Press Office:
020 8803 0255 Option 7

POA Press Releases

PR 82 18 Mar 2014

POA March and Rally - 19th March 2014

The POA will be holding a march and rally to coincide with budget day as a protest against austerity measures that is having a destructive effect on the Criminal Justice System. Some of the issues being debated at the Methodist Central Hall will be pay, prison violence, pension age and privatisation.

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PR 81 14 Mar 2014

POA pay tribute to Tony Benn

The POA who made Tony Benn an Honorary Life Member in 2008 are saddened by his death at the age of 88 years.

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PR 80 31 Jan 2014

POA calls on CPS to prosecute all assaults following Birmingham Crown Court decision on violent inmate

An inmate at HMP Birmingham, who injured five prison officers in two vicious and apparently planned attacks, has been convicted of two counts of Actual Bodily Harm and two counts of wounding with intent by Birmingham Crown Court.

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PR 79 08 Jan 2014

HMP Oakwood - Another day another crisis

The POA reiterate their concerns as to the continued operational viability of HMP Oakwood.

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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.

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PR 77 22 Nov 2013

POA welcome prisons remaining in public sector

The POA have welcomed a decision announced today by the Secretary of State Chris Grayling that Serco will not be awarded the contract for HMP Hatfield, HMP Lindholme and HMP Moorland and that they will be remaining in the public sector.

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PR 76 04 Nov 2013

HMP Maidstone

Following the incident of Concerted Indiscipline at HMP Maidstone, the POA will fully cooperate with the investigation that will follow the deployment of NTRG teams and the opening of gold command.

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PR 75 17 Oct 2013

Prison Service in Crisis and Dangerous

The POA believe the Prison Service is in crisis due to the Prison Closure programme and budget cuts along with an increase to the prison population.

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PR 74 11 Oct 2013

Prison Population increases to 84,832

The POA are becoming increasingly concerned at the increase in the prison population. Today’s population stands at 84,832 which represents another increase of 205 from this time last week, indeed the last three weeks has seen the population increase by 635. This is a new record for 2013.

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PR 73 08 Oct 2013

200 jobs to go at privatised HMP Northumberland

The announcement that 200 jobs will go at HMP Northumberland will place private profit before public safety say the POA.

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