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Drug abuse rising in Suffolk jail
Paul Ash
Police officers often put their lives on the line, says Paul Ash
More officers in Blundeston jail are being injured than ever before, an independent prisons report says.

The findings also claim that the number of illegal drugs being smuggled into the prison is rising.

The reasons for the increase lie in budget cutbacks, the Independent Monitoring report suggests.

"If you keep reducing the budget, that's going to come from staff in some form," said Paul Ash, from the Prison Officers' Association.

Staff praised

"Prison officers put their lives on the line and that's not an exaggeration. There is always an incident waiting to happen, just around the corner."

"I think, the professionalism of staff and the good working relationship we have with prisoners that is preventing that."

Blundeston's budget was cut by 150,000 last year and will be seeing another saving of 90,000 next year.

The report praised staff for their professionalism and ability to cope with reduced budgets.

A prison with 460 inmates, Blundeston changed from a category B to a category C jail two years ago.

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