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union members protest over HMP Hewell safety

“DEGRADING” jail conditions and assaults on prison officers – which left one with a broken leg – have led union members at HMP Hewell to join protests over health and safety concerns.

Around 60 prison officers have staged a 24-hour protest outside the Tardebigge jail today (November 15) after talks between the Prison Officers Association (POA) and the government broke down.

Protesters claim Hewell suffers from ease of drug and drone use, prison officers being assaulted and spat on, and inmates left “virtually dying on the floor”.

Michael Spurr, chief executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), condemned the action, which the Ministry of Justice said was “unlawful”.

Yet a POA Hewell branch official said: “We are highlighting prison violence, misuse of drugs and the menaces we deal with every day and the lack of support we get from Michael Spurr.

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