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Friday, September 24, 1999 Published at 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK

UK: Wales

Warders suspended after inmate scalded

Parc Prison was the first privately-run jail in the UK

Two warders have been suspended at a privately-run prison in south Wales after an inmate was allegedly scalded with boiling water.

The incident happened at the controversial Parc Prison in Bridgend, which was opened two years ago.

Prison operators Securicor have confirmed the two prison officers have been told to stay away from work while an investigation is carried out into the attack.

[ image: The alleged incident took place in one of the cells]
The alleged incident took place in one of the cells
Inmate Craig Blower, aged 28, suffered burns to his chest when he was allegedly attacked by another prisoner who threw boiling water at him in his cell.

Blower, who is from Caerau in Maesteg and was serving a four- month sentence for driving offences, was treated in the hospital wing.

South Wales Police have been called in to investigate the attack.

Securicor said it was normal practice to suspend staff while an investigation is carried out.

The suspensions came just two months after another incident when three warders were suspended after a prisoner escaped.

Those suspensions came after a 25-year-old inmate escaped by hiding in the back of a cement lorry.

On that occasion the three warders were cleared of negligence.

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