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US NewsPrisoners are able to dig holes through walls with just plastic cutlery at crumbling Victorian jail, prison officers say

09:36  14 june  2019
09:36  14 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Jails are so dilapidated that prisoners are using plastic cutlery to dig holes through their cell walls in a bid to escape, the Prison Officers ’ Association (POA) has claimed. Or unlock all Premium articles. Free for 30 days, then just £1 per week.

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Prisoners are able to dig holes through walls with just plastic cutlery at crumbling Victorian jail, prison officers say © PA Images Winchester Prison

Prisons in the UK have become so battered that inmates have been able to dig holes through walls with plastic cutlery.

Prison officers claim that three inmates at Winchester Prison had been able to break through their cell walls in a bid to escape.

The Prison Officers Association (POA) has now demanded the wing be cleared in order for structural engineers to check the fabric of the Victorian prison.

The union said prisoners at the category B jail had managed to dig holes with cutlery on dozens of occasions, and that two inmates had found their way to the landings late at night.

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Prisoners are able to dig holes through walls with just plastic cutlery at crumbling Victorian jail, prison officers say © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Winchester Prison (pictured above) is a category B jail and the Prison Officers Association has said that inmates have been able to break through the walls

However, according to The Telegraph, the Ministry of Defence denied anyone had escaped their cells and said the crumbling façade was 'not an escape risk'.

This is while Winchester jail's Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) claimed that the Victorian prison building, which dates back to 1846 does need 'significant' changes.

Prisoners are able to dig holes through walls with just plastic cutlery at crumbling Victorian jail, prison officers say © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Inside Winchester Prison (pictured above) where engineers are said to have stated that the wings are structurally sound The IMB said: 'Cells regularly need repair because of wear and tear or vandalism.'

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POA chairman Mark Fairhurst said that prisoners were 'tunnelling their way out'.

Prisoners are able to dig holes through walls with just plastic cutlery at crumbling Victorian jail, prison officers say © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The prison is situated just across the road from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital (prison is top left) 'They are getting through the walls and end up on the landing. The prison should shut the wing down and refurbish it but they are reluctant to do that.

'They are also trying to dig through the walls at windows. It's a crumbling Victorian prison but because they are on a high floor, you need bedsheets or rope to attempt to escape.'

He added that a boarded-up wall was seen by a POA official last year and that it was big enough for a prisoner to have fit through.

Prisoners are able to dig holes through walls with just plastic cutlery at crumbling Victorian jail, prison officers say © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jack Straw had previously visited the prison during his time as Home Secretary (pictured above with an inmate 'On 19 November 2018 at a meeting with the governor, the issue of a prisoner digging his way out of a cell on B wing was raised.

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'The governor's reply was that engineers had confirmed the structural survey found the wing was sound inside and out and safe. But not so safe that plastic spoons can't be used to make a hole in a cell wall.

'I find it incredible that the MoJ should deny that prisoners have accessed the landing when my own national officials have witnessed the holes in the cell walls for themselves.'

Prisoners are able to dig holes through walls with just plastic cutlery at crumbling Victorian jail, prison officers say © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A spokesperson for the prison denied that any inmates had been able to get out of the prison A Prison Service spokesman said: 'There is absolutely no truth to the suggestion that damage to cell walls at HMP Winchester has led to prisoners escaping from their cells or that there is a risk of them doing so.'

The maintenance contract for the prison had originally been in the hands of contractor Carillion, before its collapse last year.

It was claimed that it left a 'considerable backlog of faults' and the IMB said its replacement would 'offer better provision'.

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