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Police release image of Feltham robbery suspect

CCTV image of Feltham robbery suspect Credit: Metropolitan Police

Hounslow police have released a CCTV image of a man they are keen to track down as part of an investigation into a robbery in Feltham.

The robbery took place in Feltham Park on Saturday 29 March at approximately 8.20pm in the evening.

The victim, a 24 year old woman, was walking towards Feltham BR station when she was grabbed and had an object placed against her throat by a man in his 40s.

The man demanded her handbag and pushed her to the ground before threatening her. She managed to escape and called the police.

He is described as a black male, 5ft 11ins tall and aged between 40 and 50 years old. Anyone with information should contact Hounslow Serious Acquisitive Crime Unit on 0208 247 6650 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

Plans for new prison in Feltham to be scrutinised

I will be scrutinising very closely any plans for a new prison in Feltham and consulting with local residents. The Government must proceed with a robust feasibility study that clearly identifies the impact on the area including any extra demands on the local council and police force.

This will require a local consultation and I will be asking for details of this from the Ministry of Justice. The consultation should also identify any thoughts on the precise site under consideration, and whether it is on greenbelt land.

Following HM Chief Inspector of Prison's shocking review of Feltham Young Offenders institute published in July, any modernisation of the youth prison estate must respond to their recommendations so that new prisons are fit for purpose, support rehabilitation and the needs of families, and do not have a negative impact on the local community.

– Seema Malhotra MP, Feltham and Heston

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Feltham site 'obvious option' for major new project

This is the latest part of our plan to modernise our prisons, bring down costs, but to make sure that by the next election we still have access to more prison places than we inherited in 2010.

The Feltham site in West London is a very large one, and is an obvious option for a major new project to help meet the challenges we face in London and the South East.

– Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary

Feltham needs 'fundamental review'

Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons has told ITV News that if he was the parent of a child in Feltham he'd be very worried indeed. He said Feltham was an unacceptably violent place with gang-related fights every day and staff were struggling to cope.

The HM Inspectorate of Prisons found that there was a high level of baton use like truncheons, greater in fact than in any other prison in the country, ever.

Feltham has made a small start by changing the population; only having sentenced boys there - not boys on remand - making the population more stable.

Feltham staff "overwhelmed by challenges"

Feltham Young Offenders Institution Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Feltham is divided into two parts, Feltham A holds children and young people, mostly aged 16 or 17, while Feltham B holds young adult men aged 18 to 21.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said:

"Feltham as a whole is an unacceptably violent place. Despite excellent work in some cases, staff were unable to prevent a high number of very concerning incidents that carried a significant risk of serious injury.

"In my view staff were sometimes overwhelmed by the challenges they faced and as a consequence, some of their response, such as the prolonged use of isolation on the children and young people's side and the use of batons on the young adult side, were unacceptable."

Mr Hardwick found that Feltham needed to rethink its role and cautiously welcomed a decision taken after the inspection to not hold young adults on remand as this may help to create a more stable and manageable population.

Elsewhere, the inspection found that many young people said they were frightened at the time of the inspection and had little confidence in staff to keep them safe.

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Feltham Young Offenders Institution 'unacceptably violent'

Feltham Prison and Young Offender Institution has been labelled an "unacceptably violent place" by inspectors.

It was covered in gang graffiti and witnessed on average two fights or assaults every day, some of which were "very serious", HM Inspectorate of Prisons found.

Chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick said: "Feltham as a whole is an unacceptably violent place. Despite excellent work in some cases, staff were unable to prevent a high number of very concerning incidents that carried a significant risk of serious injury."

Mo's former teacher speaks out over cuts to school sport

The teacher who launched Mo Farah's career has attacked the government over cuts to school sport.

The man who put Mo Farah on the road to double Olympic glory took the stage at Labour's Party Conference to criticise government cuts in school sports.

Alan Watkinson was the PE teacher at Mo Farah's school in Feltham and persuaded him to focus on running.

More now from our political correspondent Simon Harris.

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