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Police probe into death at prison

Whatton Prison
The prison holds adult male sex offenders

Police in Nottinghamshire have begun an investigation into the suspicious death of an inmate at a prison.

Officers were called to Whatton Prison, on the A52 towards Grantham in Lincolnshire, at about 0115 BST on Monday after reports of a death.

HMP Whatton's Governor Lynn Saunders said two prisoners were in a cell when the incident happened.

Staff are now carrying out a review of prisoners who may be vulnerable or at risk from other inmates.

Inmate in custody

"Staff were alerted to an incident at about 0030 BST in one of the cells and took action," said Ms Saunders.

"They found one of the prisoners had sadly died and there is an inmate in police custody.

"The death is being treated as suspicious."

Whatton Prison is a category C prison for adult male sex offenders, which can hold up to 840 inmates.

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