A prison guard at HMP Nottingham has had his throat cut during an attack by an inmate.
The incident happened on Sunday morning, the Ministry of Justice said. The male officer was taken to hospital but has since been released. Mark Fairhurst, the Prison Officers’ Association national chairman, said the officer had received 17 stitches in his neck after being attacked with a razor.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “A prison officer received hospital treatment after an incident at HMP Nottingham this morning.
“We do not tolerate violence against our hardworking officers, which is why we introduced the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act, which ensures perpetrators receive the maximum possible sentence.”
An inspection report published last year found levels of violence at the prison were very high, with 103 assaults on staff in the previous six months. Over the same period, there were 198 incidents where prisoners had climbed on to safety netting between landings.
“This level of disorder contributed to a tense atmosphere at the prison,” HM Inspectorate of Prisons said. It added that many violent incidents, including serious ones, had not been investigated at all.
The prison needed to do much more to tackle the problem of drugs, which was inextricably linked to violence, the chief inspector of prisons, Peter Clarke, said in his report.
HMP Nottingham is a category B male prison, which expanded in 2010 to hold 1,060 prisoners.