Prison officer “lucky to be alive” after having throat cut, says POA chair

A prison officer is lucky to be alive after having his throat cut, says POA national chair Mark Fairhurst.

Mark Fairhurst said the officer required 17 stitches after being attacked with a razor in an “unprovoked attack”, adding: “Apparently as soon as the prisoner’s door was unlocked yesterday morning, he attacked the first officer he saw with a razor blade.

“He has cut his neck. The officer has gone to hospital and received 17 stitches. At the hospital, staff said he’s lucky to be alive as it was very close to the main artery on his neck.”

The attack comes just five days after the POA demanded an urgent meeting with the government to address violence in prisons, and less than a month after several hundred prison officers marched on Whitehall.

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