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'Hostile staff and high drug use' at Pentonville prison

A damning prison report describes Pentonville as "seriously overcrowded", with hostile staff and high drug use among inmates. Unannounced HMIP inspection of Pentonville found vermin infestation, broken windows and high numbers of inmates on suicide watch.

Pentonville Prison Credit: Press Association

Drug use in jail 'reflects society'

Almost one in eight prisoners have illegal drugs in their system and another one in five are taking methadone, a jail watchdog has said.

Life behind bars for the 1,260 inmates at Pentonville Prison is "a microcosm of society outside", David Miller, chairman of the Victorian-era jail's independent monitoring board (IMB) said.

Problems of mental illness, drug abuse and educational failure are concentrated and made starkly visible.

– David Miller


Prisoner used 'makeshift rope' to escape

Pentonville Prison, north London Credit: PA

A "potentially dangerous" murderer has gone on the run for the third time after escaping over the walls of Pentonville Prison using a makeshift rope.

John Massey, one of Britain's longest-serving prisoners, made off from the category B jail in Islington, north London, at around 6.30pm yesterday.

The 64-year-old used a makeshift rope to escape over a wall and was not spotted in time by prison officers, sources said.

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