Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prison 'awash with drink and drugs' before riot caused £3m damage - 31st Mar 2011

A prison was awash with drugs and alcohol just one month before a major riot, inspectors have found.

Ford Open prison was torn apart by inmates on a drunken rampage, causing £3million in damage.

In December Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons found four out of ten prisoners admitted buying drugs was ‘easy’.

They also revealed illicit alcohol was ‘common’.On New Year's Eve inmates rioted after drinking vast amounts of champagne, brandy, whisky and vodka smuggled into the prison.

Fires destroyed six accommodation blocks, the gym, mail room and snooker room at the prison near Arundel, West Sussex.

The report found the prison's anti-drugs strategy was in 'disarray' and that staff shortages were restricting drug tests.

Sixteen prisoners a month were being moved to 'closed' prisons because of breaking the rules or leaving the prison without permission, the report revealed. Read More