Prison 'in crisis' as report finds serious safety concerns

Self-harming, high levels of violence and legal highs being readily available were among just some of the serious safety issues found at a Nottinghamshire training prison. An unannounced inspection at HMP Ranby in Retford has been labelled a "prison in crisis" after inspectors found a series of failings.

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Prison 'in crisis' as report finds serious safety concerns

Self-harming, high levels of violence and legal highs being readily available were among just some of the serious safety issues found at a Nottinghamshire training prison.

An unannounced inspection at HMP Ranby in Retford has been labelled a "prison in crisis" after inspectors found a series of failings - with even prisoners complaining they felt unsafe, and misbehaved to try to get transferred elsewhere.

Inspectors found serious safety concerns at HMP Ranby in Retford Credit: PA

HMP Ranby currently holds more than 1,000 prisoners.

Chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick called the report "troubling" - but said the new governor at the prison recognised the challenges and was working hard to tackle the problems.

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