HMP Northumberland is a category C prison in Morpeth, Northumberland. Formed in 2011, as a merger between HMP Acklington and HMP Castington, the prison has capacity to hold 1,354 male inmates.
There are 15 house blocks, five of which holding vulnerable prisoners, including sex offenders. House blocks range from 40 to 240 beds and are of a variety of layouts and ages. There are two induction units (one for vulnerable prisoners), dedicated Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) units, drug recovery wing, drug-free wing, category D/low risk unit, and an older vulnerable prisoner unit.
In March 2016, Daniel Newton, an inmate inside HMP Northumberland, assaulted a guard with a table leg while ‘high’ on Spice (a “legal high”) and ” hooch” (an illicit home brewed alcohol). He was in the process of attacking another prisoner when Daniel Crook, a witnessing officer, saw the assault to the guard. The officer “told the defendant to drop the table leg. He was about 4ft away at the time. He was ignored and so he deployed his baton. The defendant continued to hold the table leg with both hands and swung it and struck the prison officer on the left thigh.”
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Visiting hours are 14:15 – 16:00 Tue-Thu, Sat & Sun, and 09:15 – 11:30 Sat-Sun.