UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: A prison officer at HMP Isle of Wight has been left very badly shaken after an inmate attempted to slash the officer’s throat at the weekend, prompting a Police investigation to be launched.
The unnamed 24-year-old prisoner is said to have attacked the guard behind the walls of Albany – a Category B prison which makes up part of HMP Isle of Wight – at around 20:30 on Saturday night (5th November).
Island Echo understands the prison officer escaped serious injury after the inmate was restrained by other officers. The guard is said to now be resting at home having sustained cuts to his neck.
The type of weapon used is unknown.
Hampshire Constabulary have this week launched an in-depth investigation into the incident and the prison’s duty governor at the time of the incident has stated that the officer has his full support.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice has told Island Echo:
“We do not tolerate violence against our hard working and dedicated staff, and when incidents like this occur, we work closely with the police to push for the strongest possible punishment.
“The Justice Secretary has been clear that levels of violence in prisons are unacceptable, which is why she announced a major overhaul of the prison system last week.
“This incident is being investigated by the police so it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Albany primarily holds Category B/C sex offenders and vulnerable prisoners. Former pop star Gary Glitter is incarcerated there following his conviction for child sex offences in 2012.
HM Prison Service has come under the spotlight this week following a riot at HMP Bedford on Sunday and the escape of 2 prisoners at HMP Pentonville on Monday.
UPDATE THURSDAY – It has been confirmed that the prison officer was attacked with a razor blade that had been hidden inside the inmate’s mouth after receiving medical treatment.
The inmate was being escorted back to his cell when he turned on the officer in an attempt to take the officer hostage.
Chairman of the Prison Officer’s Association at Albany, Neil Yule, has described the incident as ‘very nasty’ and has said it was certainly an attempt to cause major damage.
The inmate in question has been arrested, questioned and bailed on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He has been moved to nearby Parkhurst prison, which is also part of HMP Isle of Wight.