POA calls for prisoner to be charged with attempted murder

The POA has called for the inmate who slashed a prison officer’s throat to be charge with attempted murder.

A prison officer at HMP Nottingham received 17 stitches after being attacked by a prisoner on Sunday morning. He has now been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home. The prisoner is in police custody.

The POA is seeking urgent discussions with ministers on the latest violent act to take place in the English and Welsh Prison service as the union believes it is  time for ministers to act decisively as the violence in prisons has spiralled out of control.

POA leaders said: “The POA has written to HMPPS and demanded that the roll out of PAVA is not delayed but now expedited to provide prison officers with equipment to deal with extreme violence.

“The health and safety of our members and indeed those in our care is paramount. Government ministers must now act swiftly before we are talking about a death of a serving prison officer. The violence in our jails as identified by this horrendous attack is at epidemic level and the union will not stand by and allow such attacks on our members.”

The POA wants ministers to agree an action plan to address the extreme violence their members face on a daily basis. The union says the option to do or say nothing has clearly passed.

“We will do everything in our power to hold ministers and employers responsible and accountable where the Health and Safety of our members has not been complied with as per the legislation.”

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