Hull Prison Officers Association warn of a rise in violence behind bars due to a new drug

Published: Wednesday 1st July 2015 by KCFM

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The legal high known as “spice” is causing huge problems for prison officers, as inmates are finding ways to get it inside.

Officers at Hull prison are warning it’s only a matter of time before an inmate dies after taking the drug “spice”.

They’re calling for improved action now, to prevent any more incidents from happening within our prison service.

Cases of violence associated with the legal high are increasing and The Prisoner Officers Association says they’re having to cope with the impact of the drug on a daily basis.

They’re seeing a huge rise in violence, with prison officers struggling to restrain the prisoners.

Rob Nicholson is the Association’s Hull Chairman and says something needs to be done:

“You can have our biggest prison officers trying to restrain the prisoner that’s under the influence of ‘spice’, for his own safety and the safety of others, and we would need more officers than what it would normally take, because of the influence of that drug. It’s a very powerful drug.”

He says “Spice” is having a worrying impact:

“After a while, there becomes a confrontation. Our officers are trained to deal with that, but it’s what comes from that. It’s the aftermath, it’s the paperwork, it’s the victims. It’s the education staff that are perhaps traumatised by what they see. We are in a volatile setting, there’s no getting away from that; but it’s happening, and we can’t bury our heads in the sand.”

Mr Nicholson is now calling for new powers to prevent the drug from getting inside:

“We need to up our game with searching. We need to stop being namby-pamby when we’re searching visitors. We need to do thorough searches of people coming into the establishment. We need to do more strip-searching of prisoners. We need to be more thorough. Sometimes the Government just wants us to play safe.”

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Published: Wednesday 1st July 2015 by KCFM

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