Prisoner violence more than doubles at two Doncaster jails

Lindholme Prison near Doncaster
Lindholme Prison near Doncaster

Violence rates among inmates at two Doncaster jails have more than doubled in two years, according to the latest official figures.

The startling figures show 351 recorded prisoner assaults in 2012 at the privately-run HMP Doncaster in Marshgate - almost one a day - compared to 141 in 2010 and 228 in 2011.

John Biggin, the director of Doncaster Prison which is run by Serco, was awarded an OBE in last week’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to offender management and rehabilitation.

The figures for HMP Lindholme, where a prisoner was stabbed to death only last month, are also a cause for concern because they have more than doubled, but are not as high as HMP Doncaster.

In 2012 there were 74 assaults on Lindholme prisoners by other inmates, compared to 49 the previous year and 35 in 2010.

Two Lindholme prisoners aged 23 and 26 were arrested on December 21 after the body of 22-year-old Michael Hennessy, from Nottingham, was discovered by officers. He had died from a single stab wound.

Mr Biggin said: “The Ministry of Justice’s prison rating system demonstrates HMP & YOI Doncaster is very safe and secure. In 2013 the prison was audited by the MoJ on its provision of safe custody, including violence management, and received one of the highest scores the auditor had ever given.

“At HMP Doncaster we operate a zero tolerance approach to violence.”