Prison screws sacking shock
ALMOST 700 jail staff have been suspended and 162 sacked in three years.
It includes 14 officers disciplined in 2016 for an “inappropriate relationship with a prisoner or an ex-prisoner”.
Statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Daily Star Sunday also reveal the worst jails for wrongdoing.
At the Category A Manchester prison,
26 guards were suspended and seven dismissed between June 2013 and 2016.
These include female guard Kiah Andrusjak,
23, who had a sixmonth fling with jailed killer Shane Boyd.
She was caught after smuggling in racy pictures of herself. At 1,261-capacity Hewell prison, Worcs, 25 were suspended and six sacked, including Anjit Uppal and Clive Kieff, who failed to stop a lag fleeing in June 2015.
He was being treated for neck injuries at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch when he escaped. The 31-yearold, only known as Prisoner X, used soap to slip his chains.
At Wandsworth prison, south London,
23 were suspended and five sacked.
Wormwood Scrubs, in north London, had the highest number of dismissals with nine. We can also reveal that eight highsecurity jails had 90 staff excluded.
They also had 18 dismissed over a three-year period.
Manchester had the most Category A suspensions. The next was Long Lartin (17 suspended, four sacked) then Wakefield
(16, four) and Belmarsh
(16 and three). The stats cover public sector jails between June 2013 and June 2016.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The vast majority of our prison staff are hard working and honest but we remain vigilant to the threat posed by corruption. Allegations of inappropriate behaviour are taken extremely seriously.
“Overall the number of individuals subject to conduct and discipline investigations has decreased year-on-year.”
■ FIRED: Kiah Andrusjak had affair with killer Boyd, inset