Friday, 5 August 2016


A report into the Norfolk prison, HMP Wayland, recently said it was concerned budget cuts could affect staff morale and safety.

HMP Wayland is a Category C prison
HMP Wayland is a Category C prison
Police are investigating an incident at HMP Wayland in Norfolk in which the governor was attacked and seriously hurt.
Governor Paul Cawkwell was talking to an inmate in the canteen of the category C Norfolk prison when he attacked him in an "unprovoked" beating on Wednesday last week.
Mr Cawkwell was treated in hospital for his injuries.
A police spokesman said: "Norfolk Police are investigating an assault on a member of staff by a prisoner at HMP Wayland on Wednesday July 27 2016.
"The prisoner has been relocated to another prison and inquiries are ongoing."
Paul Cawkwell
Governor Paul Cawkwell needed treatment in hospital after the attack. File picture
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) also confirmed the inmate has been transferred.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: "We do not tolerate any violence against our hard-working and dedicated prison staff.
"Safety in prisons is fundamental to the proper functioning of our justice system.
"When incidents like this occur we work closely with the police to push for the strongest possible punishment.
"This incident is now being investigated by police therefore we cannot comment further at this stage."
The MoJ described the attack as an isolated incident involving one prisoner, adding it had "nothing to do with staffing levels".
The Independent Monitoring Boards, in its 2015 report, said the prison had been a safe place providing a calm and purposeful regime but, it said, "recent indications are that this is deteriorating".
It said it was concerned that budget cuts could affect staff morale and questioned how a safe environment could be maintained.
Some 20 prisoners were involved in a food fight in May and, in June, a prisoner tried to snatch a set of keys from a prison officer.