PRISONERS DRUNK ON HAND GEL
Tuesday October 13th, 2009
PRISONERS DRUNK ON SWINE FLU PREVENTATIVE
Verne Prison on Portland in Dorset has had to ban the use of hand gel used to prevent the transfer of swine flu. When prisoners sussed that the gel was made from alcohol they began drinking it from dispensers. Prison guards became worried when certain inmates were becoming unruly and aggressive. Eventually a fist fight broke out between two prisoners.
'These canisters were originally put out because of the swine flu threat,’ said Andy Frear of the Verne's Prison Officer's Association Committee.'It was subsequently reported by some association members working here that the inmates had been incorrectly using them, for want of a better phrase... The suspicion that was reported to us was that some of the inmates had drunk them. Of course some of the officers expressed concerns over potentially having to deal with prisoners who have had a drink.'
Branch chairman of the POA, Tim Roberts, said 'We had reservations when the plan was first mooted. Our members have been concerned and the latest incident seems to bear out those concerns.'
All dispensers of the highly potent gel have subsequently been removed.
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