Lags moan at prison guards talk­ing loudly dur­ing mass

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY STEPHEN WHITE

PRISON war­dens have been or­dered to keep quiet dur­ing re­li­gious ser­vices, af­ter in­mates at one jail com­plained that they kept in­ter­rupt­ing prayers.

Con­victs at HMP Wy­mott have re­peat­edly griped about “noisy guards” chat­ting on their two-way ra­dios in the fa­cil­ity’s chapel, mosque and multi-faith rooms.

An In­de­pen­dent Mon­i­tor­ing Board re­port found guards at the jail do not use ear­pieces on their ra­dios, so talk loudly on the de­vices. It states: “There has been a per­sis­tent prob­lem…there is still a need to en­sure of­fi­cers do not dis­turb ser­vices.” The prison, in Lan­cashire, is home to more than 400 Chris­tians, nearly 100 Mus­lims, 30 Bud­dhists and a small num­ber of Jews, Sikhs and Hin­dus. Just 330 of 1,150 lags said they did not at­tend re­li­gious ser­vices.

PROB­LEMS HMP Wy­mott

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