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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
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.

Investigation launched after prisoner 'gouges eyes out'

The Ministry of Justice has launched an investigation after a prisoner at HMP Nottingham reportedly 'gouged his eyes out' in his cell.

The prisoner was taken to hospital on Monday following the incident.

Reports have linked the incident to an alleged protest over hot temperatures inside the prison. The Ministry of Justice has denied these claims.

The MoJ confirmed the prisoner was taken to hospital following an act of self harm but refused to release details of the nature of the injuries sustained.

HMP Nottingham
HMP Nottingham Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"A prisoner at HMP Nottingham was taken to hospital on Monday 21 July following an act of self harm.

Staff reacted quickly and paramedics attended. No other prisoners were involved.

The prison is investigating the incident and police were informed as a matter of course."

– Prison Service spokesperson

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Mysterious artwork in Nottingham - could it be Banksy?

Details have emerged of a possible 'Banksy' graffiti artwork in Nottingham.

The painting is on a wall under a pedestrian footbridge across the canal in the city.

Could this be a piece of Banksy artwork?
Could this be a piece of Banksy artwork? Credit: Jack Chimes

Banksy is a graffiti artist based in the UK. He is also a political activist, film director and painter. His street art combines dark humour with graffiti in a stencilling technique.

READ MORE: Fears that Banksy will be removed from house in Cheltenham

AMAZING VIDEO: Lightning striking BT tower and storm pictures

Viewers have been sending in their photos of this weekends wild weather.

A combination of sunny spells and severe storms made up the conditions across the Midlands.

The BT Tower in Birmingham was hit by lightning and a petrol station roof collapsed in Leicestershire following the torrential weather.

Here are just a few of the moments you captured on camera...

Four Oaks
Four Oaks Credit: Rachel Slater
Petrol station roof collapses on two cars in Leicestershire
Petrol station roof collapses on two cars in Leicestershire Credit: Caters news agency
Taken in the early hours in Leicester
Taken in the early hours in Leicester Credit: Brendan harris
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