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Wormwood Scrubs 'under-resourced' and 'unsafe'

Wormwood Scrubs
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Wormwood Scrubs has been heavily criticised by prison inspectors who found it was unsafe, under-resourced and filthy in places. The prison which is in west London experienced major structural changes in late 2013 which led to a "large tranche of experienced staff" leaving, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said. The jail has seen six prisoners take their lives since its last inspection in 2011, with five committing suicide in 2013 alone. Inspectors said the jail had also failed to implement recommendations by the Prisons and Probabtion Ombudsman to tackle suicide and self harm. The prison holds 1300 prisoners but sees around 2500 move in and out each month.

"Wormwood Scrubs has been through a difficult change process. It has had to adapt to hold young offenders alongside its adult population whilst implementing new structures and routines to provide a decent regime for prisoners at lower cost.This has not been an easy transition, however as the Chief Inspector acknowledges the Governor has taken decisive action to address the situation."

– Michael Spurr, chief executive of the National Offender Management Service

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Plans unveiled for 18 mile cycling super highway across London

Cycle highway across London

Plans for two cycling super highways have been unveiled as part of a £913 million scheme to get more Londoners on their bikes. The continuous routes will cross central London from east to west and north to south and will be almost completely separated from traffic.

The north-south route will run for more than 3 miles from Elephant & Castle to King's Cross. The east-west route will run from Barking to Acton, a distance of over 18 miles, including a section on the Westway flyover, where one lane will be removed to create a segregated cycle track.

Protected cycle routes will also be created through dangerous junctions, including Tower Hill, Blackfriars, Parliament Square and Lancaster Gate. Connections will be created to cycle routes servicing other parts of the City, West End and suburbs.

Subject to detailed public consultation - which begins today - work will start early next year and the routes will open in March 2016.

Cycle highway across London

Cesar Azpilicueta extends his stay with Chelsea

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new five-year contract to extend his time with the club.

The 25-year-old Spaniard moved to Stamford Bridge in 2012 and has played a big part in a strong start to the season as left-back.

He made his senior international debut for Spain against Qatar in February last year
He made his senior international debut for Spain against Qatar in February last year. Credit: PA

Azpilicueta joined the Blues from Marseille in August 2012 and has made 95 appearances for the club, winning the Players' Player of the Year award last season.

He made his senior international debut for Spain against Qatar in February last year, and was part of this summer's World Cup squad.

Boy collapses after shopping trolley hits him from 25ft

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy was hit by a shopping trolley in south-east London.

The victim was walking along Wolvercote Road in Erith with a friend on the morning of August 23 when a trolley was thrown from the overpass and struck his back. He collapsed and was taken to a south London hospital with bad bruising and concussion.

PC Chris Molnar said:

This could have been a deliberate act, or tomfoolery gone wrong. Whatever the mindset, this could have resulted in serious injuries for the victim and it is only luck that the 12-year-old victim does not have life-changing injuries.

– PC Molnhar

Anyone with any information are asked to contact Bexley Police on 020 8721 2049 or via email Thamesmead.snt@met.police.uk.

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Man admits sending MP rape messages 'as a joke'

A man has admitted sending a Labour MP rape messages after she backed a campaign to put Jane Austen on a banknote - but dismissed it as "a joke".

Peter Nunn, 33, admitted retweeting messages threatening to sexually assault Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and branding her a "witch" last summer.

But he denied this was part of a "campaign of hatred" after the Labour politician backed a high-profile bid by feminist Caroline Criado-Perez to keep a woman other than the Queen on a British bank note.

Peter Nunn admitted retweeting messages threatening to sexually assault Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and branding her a
Peter Nunn admitted retweeting messages threatening to sexually assault Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and branding her a Credit: PA

The part-time delivery driver from Bristol, told the City of London Magistrates Court: "The whole witch thing is obviously satirical, it is not cynical like the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) are claiming.

"I wouldn't dream that Caroline or Stella would be offended by these messages. They are satire."

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