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Families lose High Court battle over HMP Woodhill deaths

Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes. Credit: PA.

Relatives of two men who died in Woodhill Prison have lost their High Court case over the rate of self-inflicted deaths at the jail.

Ian Brown, 44, hanged himself in his cell at the category A prison in Milton Keynes in July last year, while Daniel Dunkley, 35, died later the same month.

A total of 18 men have died at the jail since 2013 while seven men killed themselves just last year.

Mr Brown's mother and sister, Pearl Scarfe and Julie Barber, and Mr Dunkley's brother, Jamie Blyde, who is himself a prisoner, wanted the court to order Woodhill's governor and the Secretary of State for Justice to comply with the requirements of the Prison Service Instructions (PSIs).

They cover management of prisoners at risk of harm to self, to others and from others, early days in custody and medical emergency response codes.

On Tuesday, Lord Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Garnham rejected the judicial review claim which the governor and the Secretary of State for Justice said was "neither appropriate nor necessary".

Inmate at Milton Keynes prison found with banned al Quaida magazine

HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes. Credit: Press Association.

An inmate at HMP Woodhill was caught with a copy of al Qaida magazine Inspire, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.

New figures reveal a number of instances of the banned publication being discovered at high-security prisons over the past five years.

The inmate at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes was found with a copy in 2013. Other prisoners at HMP Manchester, Belmarsh Prison in London and HMP Frankland in Durham also had the magazine confiscated.

The magazine formed part of the prisoners' defence paperwork, but possession of it could be a criminal offence. In each case it was removed.

The information was released in response to a parliamentary question tabled by shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon.


Transgender prisoner found dead at jail

A transgender prisoner has been found dead at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes Credit: Press Association

A transgender inmate has been found dead at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes.

Staff and paramedics attempted resuscitation on Joanne Latham but she was pronounced dead early on Friday morning

An investigation will now be carried out by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.