Prison Staff Protest Nationally Over Conditions at HMP Bedford
Prison staff across England and Wales protested after a report warned of a “dangerous lack of control” at HMP Bedford. Steve Gillan, general secretary of the Prison Officers’ Association, said: “I’m fed up of hearing of my members receiving smashed eye sockets, broken arms, broken legs, broken jaws, being attacked, spat on, having excrement and urine thrown at them, and enough is enough now.”
Members of the POA were called on to protest outside prisons from 7am on September 14, 2018.
Prison Staff Hurt at Bedford Prison
It was reported on September 17, 2018, that at least four prison staff were hurt during a disturbance at HMP Bedford. Riot squads regained control after violence broke out, according to the Prison Officers’ Association. A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice rejected the claim that riot squads were deployed and said staff on duty were able to deal with the “bit of violence” that unfolded.