Sexual assaults on prisoners and staff soar by 50 per cent

PRISON sex attacks have increased by 50% in a year.
VIOLENCE: Sex attacks on prisoners and workers by lags has been blamed on management failures and shortage of staff [GETTY]
Statistics obtained by the Daily Star Sunday showed there were 169 sexual assaults in 2013 compared to 113 in 2012.
Prison officers’ leaders warned that inmates believed they could get away with such crimes behind bars.
There were 136 prisoner-on-prisoner sex attacks last year and 12 warders were targeted in vile assaults.
Female teachers working in jails were also attacked, with figures detailing 11 “prisoner on other” incidents.
Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers Association (POA), said the statistics reflected the attackers’ lack of fear.
He said: “The POA is concerned but not surprised that there was a 50% increase in sexual assaults during 2013.
“The rise in violent incidents is as a result of staff cuts and the failure of management, the police and Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute prisoners through the courts.
“Prisoners no longer fear the consequences of their actions.”
At Rye Hill jail in Warwickshire, run by private firm G4S, police were called after an inmate was targeted.
A security document stated: “A prisoner reported to staff that he had been touched during the night by another one. The other prisoner admitted to staff that the incident had taken place and was relocated to the care and separation unit.”
“Prisoners no longer fear the consequences of their actions”

Glyn Travis

At Peterborough jail, a category B prison run by Sodexo, a female teacher was attacked.
A document stated: “The police were called and will investigate.”
And a prisoner claimed three men assaulted him in his cell at Wakefield jail – dubbed Monster Mansion.
The category A prison in West Yorkshire is home to beasts such as Levi Bellfield, who killed schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
A report stated: “A prisoner alleged to staff that he had been sexually assaulted by three prisoners in his single cell.”
The figures also included ten sex attacks classified as “other” with no further details.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “We do not tolerate assaults of any kind in prison and take any instance extremely seriously.
“Swift and robust action is taken against perpetrators of sexual assaults, including referring to the police for prosecution.
“Overall assaults in prison have reduced but we are not complacent. We are comprehensively reviewing how we manage assaults in prisons to introduce further improvements to ensure prisons are safer places for everyone.”

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