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Young offenders' prison declared 'unsafe' in new report

A young offenders prison has been heavily criticised as "unsafe" in a new report which exposes concerns over bullying, violence and self-harm.

Glen Parva, an institution in Leicestershire, saw a 32% increase in prisoners assessed as at risk of self-harm and suicide in 2013.

Prisoners were also found to be charging other inmates "rent" for cells and threatening violence if it is not paid.

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Young offenders' prison declared 'unsafe' in report

A young offenders' prison has been heavily criticised as "unsafe" in a new report which exposes concerns over bullying, violence and self-harm.

Glen Parva, a young offenders' institution in Leicestershire, has been criticised in a new report. Credit: PA Wire

Glen Parva, an institution in Leicestershire, saw a 32% increase in prisoners assessed as at risk of self-harm and suicide in 2013, with 29% of cases believed to be linked to bullying.

Prisoners were found to be charging other inmates "rent" for cells and threatening violence if it is not paid.

An increase in assaults against staff and prisoners were among the findings by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), which has called for an urgent review into the facility.

Serious incidents including barricades, hostage taking and rooftop protests had also increased, according to the 92-page report.

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