Woodhill prison could face scrutiny after yet another inmate dies

Another young inmate has been found hanging at Woodhill prison '“ the sixth person to die there in seven months.

Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 5:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 6:43 pm

The 31-year-old man, named locally as Thomas Morris, had asked officers for help for depression, it has been claimed.

“They did nothing. In fact he was taunted for it,” claimed one source.

“He had tried to hang himself previously so they should have been altered and offered him expert help. But all the prison died after that first attempt was strip him of privileges and given just the basics.”

Mr Morris, believed to have come from Milton Keynes, died on Saturday. He had just three months left to serve of his sentence.

The 14th inmate to die at Woodhill since 2013, his death comes less than eight weeks after the body of Michael Cameron was found hanging in a remand cell.

Mr Cameron had arrived at the prison just 10 days previously and had been assessed by experts as very high risk of suicide, claimed sources at the time.

The sad spate of deaths since late last year has prompted concern from Her Majesty’s Prison Inspectorate, who describe the number of tragedies as “unacceptably high”.

It is anticipated that Mr Morris’s death will prompt demands for an investigation.