Page last updated at 09:47 GMT, Thursday, 12 March 2009

Thieves target prison workshops

Ford open prison
The prison houses 557 inmates and has an emphasis on resettlement

Burglars have been breaking into a prison to steal equipment from the workshops, a report has revealed.

Ford open prison in West Sussex has also had people sneaking in with drugs, alcohol and mobile phones for inmates.

The Independent Monitoring Board report blamed a shortage of staffing at night and at weekends and an outdated CCTV security system.

It said the perimeter fence was accessible to the public. The board said better CCTV was a priority.

The report outlined issues of concern at the prison, in Arundel, between November 2007 and October 2008.

'Poor sanitation'

The prison houses 557 inmates and has an emphasis on resettlement.

The report also highlighted what it said was the woefully inadequate sanitary arrangements for prisoners within wooden huts.

However, the prison was praised for its injection-moulding workshop winning a contract making plastic poppy stems for the Royal British Legion.

The report concluded that there should be further funding to combat "another year of a continuing lack of investment in an old prison".

Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Sussex prison criticised
04 Mar 09 |  England

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific