Prison Officers Awarded After Attempted Beheading
A pair of Wayland Prison officers received awards for bravery in December 2018, after they diffused an altercation in which an inmate tried to behead another inmate. Derek Walker was presented with the Royal Humane Society Bronze medal, and Ross Sanford received a Testimonial on Vellum. In July 2017, an inmate shouting Islamic oaths attacked David Sutton with blades attached to a handle as he stood in the lunch queue. The two prison officers confronted the attacker and subdued him after a struggle in which Officer Walker lost consciousness after receiving a knife slash to the back of his head.
Concerns Over Staffing and Violence at Wayland Prison
A report by Wayland Prison’s independent monitoring board raised concerns about staffing and violence. The report revealed that almost of half of the prison’s workforce were in their first year of service, and 20 of 72 officers recruited left within a year. The report said these staffing issues “has an impact on safety and discipline on the wings, with less time for communication with offenders known to the officers”.
The report also raised concerns over violence, highlighting 214 assaults on inmates by other inmates, and 84 assaults on staff by inmates in a year. It also said the smuggling of drugs and mobiles into the prison was a problem. The board’s chairwoman Trish Phillips said: “As a board which monitors fairness and respect for those in custody, the members are alarmed by the large number of drugs that get into HMP Wayland.”