450 WEAPONS SEIZED IN JAILS EV­ERY MONTH

Guns, blades & sprays con­fis­cated

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - EX­CLU­SIVE by SCOTT HESKETH

tooth­brushes or pens. They are eas­ily con­cealed and can be used to in­flict cat­a­strophic in­juries.

Neil said: “These are bru­tal weapons that do real dam­age. To make it worse, cons are melt­ing in two blades so that when they launch an at­tack it leaves a layer of skin be­tween the wounds that can­not be stitched back up.”

In Fe­bru­ary last year, Khader Saleh,

25, was stabbed to death with a makeshift “shank” at Worm­wood Scrubs in west Lon­don.

Last Novem­ber, the ring­leader of Bri­tain’s worst-ever child groom­ing gang was left scarred for life in a jail at­tack. Ahdel Ali,

31, needed 40 stitches af­ter be­ing tar­geted with a makeshift knife by an­other con at Wake­field high se­cu­rity nick, West Yorks.

A week later, child killer Roy Whit­ing was stabbed with a makeshift blade at the same prison. And in July, ISIS fa­natic Hus­nain Rashid, 32, who plot­ted to mur­der Prince Ge­orge, had his face slashed with a blade melted into a tooth­brush at Strange­ways in Manch­ester.

At HMP Wandsworth, 65 weapons were found in six months of searches be­fore Fe­bru­ary last year.

A re­port by the HM In­spec­torate of Pris­ons in July found staff short­ages meant vis­i­tors were not rou­tinely scanned. Mr Sam­brook said: “It’s one ex­am­ple of what can hap­pen when you don’t get the staff needed.”

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