‘Breakout plan’ probed at prison

Published: Sunday 26th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A description of the inside of a prison has been found in the cell of a Muslim inmate, leading to reports that a breakout was being planned.

The discovery was made at the Parkhurst site of Isle of Wight Prison and the prisoner has now been segregated.

The BBC reported that detailed plans to kidnap a prison officer in a bid to escape were found in the prisoner’s cell.

It said it had seen an internal Prison Service document revealing that an Islamic State, or ISIS, flag was also discovered.

Details of the incident were contained in the weekly security bulletin of the National Offender Management Service, which is compiled for all prisons in England and Wales, the report said.

In the bulletin for the week ending October 19, the document reportedly says “acting on intelligence a prisoner’s cell was searched”.

“Detailed escape plans involving taking a member of staff hostage were discovered.”

The bulletin is said to report that activity at the prison was restricted “whilst the accommodation and his associates were searched”.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said today: “Vigilant staff found a very basic description of the inside of the prison during a cell search at HMP Isle of Wight.

“This clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of our robust security measures. The prisoner is now in segregation.”

A source said there was no threat to prisoners or staff and no other items apart from the description of the inside of the prison were found during the search.

HMP Isle of Wight, a Category B jail, was created in 2009 with the merger of Parkhurst, Albany and Camp Hill prisons.

Published: Sunday 26th October 2014 by The News Editor

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