Guard caught kip­ping at high-risk nick

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A PRISON guard mon­i­tor­ing an in­mate at one of Bri­tain’s most se­cure jails was caught sleep­ing by in­spec­tors, a re­port claims.

The of­fi­cer at Bel­marsh nick ap­peared to be asleep while sup­pos­edly su­per­vis­ing a visit for an un­named pris­oner in the jail’s high se­cu­rity unit.

The Lon­don jail houses some of the most high­risk cons, in­clud­ing ter­ror­ists and killers.

The re­port of the full unan­nounced in­spec­tion in April read: “Dur­ing the in­spec­tion, an of­fi­cer su­per­vis­ing a visit for a pris­oner in the unit ap­peared asleep.”

Nick Hardwick, the chief in­spec­tor of pris­ons, added: “Bel­marsh is among the most com­plex pris­ons with or­di­nary, lower-risk pris­on­ers and some of the most high­risk and high-pro­file pris­on­ers in the sys­tem.

“Achiev­ing a bal­ance in work­ing with the very dif­fer­ent risks is a huge chal­lenge.”

But he added there have been “com­mend­able im­prove­ments.”

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