Two London prisons are facing staffing shortages this Christmas.
Extra officers are having to be sent to HMP Feltham and HMP Wormwood Scrubs over the festive period to make up the shortfall.
In total more than 230 prison officers are being deployed to seven prisons across the country in what campaigners have called a 'major crisis' for the service.
Police have arrested a sixth person in connection with the murder of 18 year old Jamil Palmer.
The 16 year old was being held by police in Reading last night on suspicion of murder.
Three other teenagers have already been charged with murder.
A 15 year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Jamil Palmer. This is the third arrest police have made in this case. Previously an 18 year old man and a 16 year old boy and were arrested and have both been bailed pending further enquires.
The mother of Jamil Palmer, the 18-year-old who was stabbed to death in a street in Feltham, has asked potential witnesses to come forward and forget their "street code".
Jamil's mother said:
Police have confirmed the body found near a nature reserve in Feltham is that of 18-year-old Jamil Palmer.
Tara Thornley was walking her son home from school when the victim's friend stopped her and asked for help. Speaking to the Evening Standard she said:
Anyone with information should call police on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A teenager has been stabbed to death in the street near a nature reserve in West London.
Police found the 18-year-old victim near Evans Grove in Feltham at 3.30pm on Tuesday. He has yet to be formally identified but officers know who he is and have told his family.
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.