HMP Doncaster

Inspectors slam South Yorks prison

Privately-run Doncaster Prison has been criticised for locking up inmates in cells without electricity or running water.

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"Violence and self-harm rife" in Doncaster jail

The Director of the Prison Reform Trust, Juliet Lyon, has responded to today's damning report on HMP Doncaster.

On the day that the Prisons Ombudsman reports on vital lessons that must be learned if we are to prevent further young deaths in custody, we hear from the Chief Inspector of Prisons that Serco-run HMP Doncaster is a vast, filthy, drug-ridden institution with grossly inadequate first-night arrangements and poor staff supervision where violence and self-harm are rife.

"In dangerous environments like this the weak, people who are mentally ill, those with learning disabilities and vulnerable young people, suffer the most.

"In under two years our prison system has become less decent, less humane and less safe."

– Juliet Lyon, Prison Reform Trust

Serco launch prison improvement programme

A spokesman for the private company which runs HMP Doncaster , which was heavily criticised by the Prisons Inspectorate, says steps have been taken to make the jail one which " everyone can be proud"

“Serco has a strong track record of prison management in the UK and abroad and we are proud of what has been achieved at HMP & YOI Doncaster over the past 20 years. However the prison has recently faced a number of significant challenges and has sometimes struggled to cope with some of these.

“We fully accept the recommendations that are made in this in this HMCIP report and we have already launched a major improvement programme. We are absolutely determined that Doncaster will once more become a prison of which everyone can be proud.”

– Wyn Jones, Serco's Director of Custodial Operations

Offender Management Service: We are taking steps to improve HMP Doncaster

A spokesman for the National Offender Management Service said steps have been taken after a report heavily criticised HMP Doncaster:

"Doncaster has developed high quality training and resettlement programmes for short term offenders - which have been successful in cutting rates of reoffending. This is a significant achievement. But at the time of this inspection other aspects of performance in the prison had dropped below the standards we expect.

"Serco took immediate action in response to the inspection findings - strengthening the management team; prioritising safety and implementing a comprehensive improvement programme.

"I am confident that these actions have addressed the concerns identified by HMCIP but we will monitor progress closely to ensure the prison is able to deliver its regime safely and securely."

– Michael Spurr, National Offender Management Service


Charity criticises "secrecy" behind HMP Doncaster

A privately-run prison in South Yorkshire has been heavily criticised for locking up inmates in cells without electricity or running water for more than two days.

HMP Doncaster, which is run by security giant Serco, is slammed in a report out today from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons. The report reveals that levels of violence in the jail were up to four times higher than typically seen in similar jails.

Frances Crook, from charity the Howard League of Penal Reform, claims there is too much secrecy behind how it is run:

Duke of Edinburgh has coffee break in Doncaster

The Duke of Edinburgh surprised diners near Doncaster when he made a pit stop at a roadside cafe.

The Duke of Edinburgh surprises diners in Doncaster
The Duke of Edinburgh surprises diners in Doncaster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Philip called at the Doncaster Little Chef, which is on the A1, just north of the South Yorkshire town.

A spokeswoman for the chain said the Duke's entourage only bought coffee during the short stop but she joked that he night be tempted next time by the royal breakfast.

The 93-year-old spent about 15 minutes at the roadside restaurant, which is next to the petrol station on the busy dual carriageway.

According to reports he stopped en route to a private engagement, a carriage driving event in Cumbria.

Public warned to leave snakes alone

The public is being warned to keep clear of Britain's only venomous snake - the adder - after a visitor to Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire was left seriously ill when he was bitten three times.

He was airlifted to hospital, but experts insist there is a low risk to people walking through our woods, moors and grasslands - as long as they leave the animals alone. Michael Billington reports:

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