500 TREATED FOR SPICE IN ONE JAIL

Zom­bie lags call medics 10 times a week

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Karen Rock­ett by John Kelly

A HOLO­CAUST sur­vivor known as the “Bride of Belsen” af­ter mar­ry­ing a Bri­tish sol­dier who lib­er­ated her has died at 95.

Gena Turgel with­stood four con­cen­tra­tion camps be­fore be­ing freed by the Bri­tish from Belsen in north Ger­many in 1945.

Pol­ish Gena, youngest of nine chil­dren, lost most of her fam­ily af­ter war be­gan when she was 16.

She was marched from Plas­zow camp to Auschwitz in win­ter 1944. A few weeks later she and her mother spent four weeks on a “death march” to Buchen­wald MORE than 500 pris­on­ers were treated for the ef­fects of zom­bie drug Spice last year in just one prison.

Al­most a third of the 1,000 in HMP Hum­ber claim to have got a drug habit while in­side.

There were 533 med­i­cal call-outs at the cat­e­gory C jail last year – more than 10 a week.

Fig­ures come from a new re­port by the jail’s In­de­pen­dent Mon­i­tor­ing Board, which said: “Psy­choac­tive sub­stances con­tinue to be a ma­jor is­sue.”

It said the East Yorks jail held a “high pro­por­tion of vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als” and Spice in­creased “the level of vi­o­lence on the wings”.

Ear­lier this year prison chiefs or­dered all mail to its in­mates to be pho­to­copied to pre­vent drug-soaked let­ters be­ing de­liv­ered.

The move came af­ter the Sun­day Peo­ple re­vealed Spice was be­ing sprayed on to let­ters and even pic­tures drawn by chil­dren for their prisoner fa­thers.

And nurses have been told to stop tend­ing con­victs at an­other jail awash with Spice – Holme House at Stock­tonon-tees – for fear of ex­po­sure to fumes.

Glyn Travis, of the Prison Of­fi­cers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said re­cently that Spice was an “epi­demic” in pris­ons, caus­ing vi­o­lence, self­harm and sui­cides. He said: “Spice is now the cannabis of the 21st cen­tury.”

The Prison Ser­vice said: “Since this re­port HMP Hum­ber have taken a range of mea­sures to tackle drugs, in­clud­ing ex­tend­ing sub­stance mis­use sup­port to seven days a week and in­creas­ing manda­tory drug test­ing and the test­ing of in­com­ing post.”

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