Prison screws sack­ing shock

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ANDY GARD­NER

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

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