MP talks with prison chiefs over ‘serious concerns’

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.”