Police seize drugs and mobile phones in an attempt to smuggle them into HMP Pentonville.Read the full story ›
A former inmate tells me Pentonville is so notorious for its bad conditions that even career criminals try to avoid being sent there.
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.
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.
Prison monitors have criticised overcrowding and a lack of purposeful activity for inmates at HMP Pentonville in north London.Read the full story ›
Scotland Yard said the convicted murderer John Massey who escaped from Pentonville prison on Wednesday has been arrested this afternoon in Faversham in Kent. Massey escaped by climbing over a wall using sheets tied together to make a rope.
Police release a new image of John Massey the convicted murderer who has escaped from HMP Pentonville yesterday evening.
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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