MP talks with prison chiefs over ‘serious concerns’

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Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith will meet prison bosses to discuss concerns about staffing levels.

Sir Alan will hold the meeting with Sodexo today following a disturbance at HMP Northumberland in Acklington last month when some prisoners refused to return to their cells.

He said: “I have recently met a number of prison officers and former prison officers and I have serious concerns about staff reductions and other operational issues at HMP Northumberland.

“Since Sodexo took over running the prison on December 1, I have become increasingly worried about whether the safety of prison staff and prisoners can be maintained.”

 

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