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Bedford Prison Officer needed life saving surgery after being attacked by inmate

A prison officer has suffered head injuries after being seriously assaulted by an inmate at Bedford jail.

The officer was stamped on the head and needed life-saving surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Bedford Prison Credit: ITV Anglia

The prisoner involved was moved into a segregated unit and has since been transferred to another prison.

The POA, which represents Prison Officers, is calling for action to stop what it says is a rise in assaults and an 'obsession with appeasing prisoners instead of regaining control of Prisons'

"The safety of staff is non-negotiable and this cowardly attack on a member of staff, who was bravely trying to protect prisoners demonstrates the extreme dangers that Prison Officers face throughout the country. HMP Bedford has suffered too much from violent episodes and the insistence that large groups of prisoners are unlocked must be changed. We need safe regimes that ensure staff can quell violence as it occurs. We are now demanding that all staff are given the tools to keep them safe and we now insist that PAVA spray is rolled out nationally without delay. No High Court Injunction will prevent the POA from protecting the Health and Safety of its staff. The time for excuses from HMPPS has now passed. They need to act immediately to prevent the crisis in our Prisons from escalating. I do not wish to be announcing the death of an Officer because our Employer failed in their duty of care towards staff".

– Mark Fairhurst, National Chair of the POA


Wintry conditions continue to cause disruption across the region

The wintry blast has continued to cause problems across the region after fresh snow fell overnight.

100 drivers were trapped on the A505 near Luton on Friday night (2nd March)

More snow meant cancelled trains and renewed safety warnings to drivers.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

With temperatures rising slightly tomorrow it seems the worst of the weather is now over. But with a yellow warning for ice in the East of England in place until tomorrow morning, the danger is not yet past.

Police are also now warning motorists of the threat of waterlogged roads as the thaw begins.


Police investigating Leicester explosion arrest two more from East Anglia

Detectives investigating an explosion at a property in Leicester in which five people died have arrested two more men from East Anglia.

It takes the total number of people in custody to five.

The scene of the explosion on Hinckley Road in Leicester Credit: PA Wire

The two new suspects, both in their 30s and from East Anglia, were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion and for offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Police have not commented on reports that they are investigating the possibility that the explosion was caused by an illegal distillery.

The property, a mini supermarket in Hinckley Road with residential accommodation above, was destroyed in the explosion.

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