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 87 19 May 2014

Another abscond puts public at risk

The POA have again questioned the tick box mentality of the system which places some of the most dangerous prisoners in open prison conditions.

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PR 86 08 May 2014

POA welcome statement from Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Justice

The POA have welcomed the statement from the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in respect of life sentences should any prisoner murder a prison officer and other offenses which prisoners commit.

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PR 85 17 Apr 2014

Violence in prison increases by 50%

Following the statement from Sadiq Khan in response to the information released by the Ministry of Justice identifying that assaults on staff have increased by 50%, the POA are extremely concerned but not surprised

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PR 84 09 Apr 2014

Prison Population

The National Offender Management Service have today announced that they intend to open moth-balled accommodation at HMP Hull and Chelmsford in the very near future due to the continued rise in the Prison Population.

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PR 83 31 Mar 2014

Disturbance at HMP Northumberland

The POA are praising its members for once again protecting the general public after several hours of disturbance at HMP Northumberland on the evening of Friday 28th March 2014, when over 50 prisoners caused damage to a prison wing.

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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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