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Police arrest man after death at Peterborough prison

They were called to the prison in the middle of the night. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A 25-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died at Peterborough prison in Cambridgeshire.

“We were called at about 1.45am this morning (Wednesday, December 9) with reports of violence at HMP Peterborough.

“Sadly one prisoner has died. Another, a 25-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough.”

– Cambs Police

Concerns over Peterborough Prison

Peterborough Prison Credit: Press Association

Peterborough Prison has been criticised by the Howard League for Penal Reform for the number of self-harm incidents which have been recorded there.

The charity says 24 self-harm incidents were recorded every week at Peterborough last year.

Peterborough Prison holds both men and women.

Women represent one in 20 people in prison but they make up half of all self-harm incidents.


Prison mutiny

Five people have been sentenced to a total of six years following a prison mutiny at Warren Hill at Hollesley in Sufolk.

Police were alerted to the disturbance at the Young Offenders Institution on 2nd November 2010.

The mutiny happened when up to 50 prisoners refused to return to their cells after a dispute during evening lock up.

Prison places affected

The Ministry of Justice is to close 7 of the country's prisons, including some in our region. 2,600 places will be lost from "old and uneconomic" prisons, with the hope it will save £63m in running costs. The Ministry of Justice says it also plans to build a new super prison with 2,000 places.

  • HMP Bulwood Hall in South Essex is to close, with the loss of 241 places

  • Also in Essex, HMP Chelmsford will lose 132 places

  • Meanwhile, HMP Peterborough looks set to get extra prison blocks