9:02 am, Thu 13 Dec 2012
Prison praised after riots
There were riots at HMP Ford in 2011
Prison inspectors have praised staff at a jail in Sussex for making major improvements after riots in 2011.
Officers found that the relationship between detainees and guards at Ford open prison has greatly improved. However they also found some single cells used for two prisoners were too small.
The jail holds 500 male inmates. Publishing the report of an announced inspection of the open prison, Nick Hardwick - the Chief Inspector of Prisons said:
"Managers and staff at Ford are to be congratulated on turning round the prison after deep-seated concerns were exposed by a serious disturbance.
"This is still work in progress but HMP Ford now compares well with other open prisons. Overall, it provides a safe and decent environment, where prisoners are kept busy with good quality activity.
"Work to help prisoners resettle successfully after they are released and reduce the risk that they will reoffend has also improved, but these remain the areas where most still requires to be done."
4:41 pm, Tue 27 Nov 2012
Prisoner recaptured after appeal
A prisoner who failed to return to Blantyre House prison in Goudhurst in Kent has been arrested.
Police had appealed for information about the whereabouts of Vincent Saywell, who had failed to return to the prison after being released on temporary licence.
He was arrested in Plymouth on suspicion of being unlawfully at large and is now in police custody.
11:15 am, Sun 12 Aug 2012
Hunt for missing prisoner
Keith Cockerton has been missing since 8pm on Saturday night
Credit: Kent Police
The public are being warned not to approach a convicted robber who has failed to return to prison.
28-year-old Keith William Cockerton has been missing since 8 pm on Saturday 11 August when he didn't arrive back at Blantyre House Prison near Goudhurst in Kent.
Cockerton is serving an indeterminate sentence for Robbery and was on Community Release.
He is described as white, 5ft 10in tall with shaved ginger hair. He was last seen wearing a baby pink coloured polo shirt and powder blue shorts.
The public are being warned not to approach him but to report any sightings of his whereabouts to Kent Police.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Benjamin Turner on 101.
3:04 pm, Wed 11 Jul 2012
Broadmoor, pictured in 1980
A high security hospital in Berkshire that houses some of the country's most dangerous criminals has been branded ‘not fit for purpose’ and facilities are being upgraded for patients and staff. The Department of Health is to invest £298 million in the Victorian site at Broadmoor Hospital.
Facilities at the hospital, which treats patients with some of the most challenging cases of psychiatric and mental health problems in the country, will be improved "to make sure that patients have access to the right treatment in a secure and safe environment"
The investment of £298 million follows the Commission for Health Improvement report in 2003, which concluded that “the accommodation at Broadmoor Hospital is no longer fit for the delivery of modern mental health services”.
1:42 pm, Mon 02 Jul 2012
Prisoner missing in Sussex
Raymond Atkins has gone missing in Sussex
Credit: Kent Police
An inmate from a prison in Goudhurst has gone missing in Sussex.
Raymond Atkins, 39, was given home leave for family reasons but breached the conditions of his licence by not staying in the hostel allocated to him in Brighton.
He was last known to be in St Georges Road, Hastings at the end of June.
He is described as white European, of medium build, 5ft 8in tall with brown eyes and dark cropped hair. He has piercings in his left ear.
Members of the public are advised not to approach him.
4:16 pm, Thu 01 Mar 2012
Prison Riot Trial: Jury Sent Home
The jury in the trial of six men accused of being involved in a riot at Ford Open Prison has been sent home for the day after failing to reach a verdict.
The riot on New Year's Day last year saw fires break out at the West Sussex prison.
2:54 pm, Thu 01 Mar 2012
Prison Riot Trial: Jury Resumes Deliberations
Following 19 hours and five minutes of deliberations, Judge Michael Lawson QC told the jury in the Ford Prison riot trial he would accept majority verdicts on which at least 10 of them are agreed.