Prisoners who climbed on jail's roof offered sun cream

Two prisoners who climbed onto a jail's roof in hot weather were offered sun cream by staff "in line with health and safety rules." The prisons minister called the offer "foolish" and has ordered an immediate review into the matter.

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Minister calls sun cream offer to inmates 'foolish'

An offer of sunscreen to inmates who climbed onto a jail's roof in hot weather was "foolish", the prisons minister has said.

Jeremy Wright said that he has ordered an immediate review into the matter.

The incident happened at Dartmoor prison in Devon. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"This should not have happened," Mr Wright said.

"There should be no policies in place which promote this kind of foolishness and I have ordered an immediate review of this incident to ensure that it does not happen again."

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