Prison riot squad officers to be armed with pepper spray

Mail Online | 10/9/2018 | Jack Doyle;Ian Drury for the Daily Mail
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Prison officers will be armed with police-style pepper spray as part of a major crackdown on violence in jails.

Guards at 91 prisons are to be issued with the canisters at a cost of £2million, prisons minister Rory Stewart will announce today.

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The sprays, which incapacitate their victim by causing severe eye pain, will help officers keep control of ‘chaotic’ inmates, Mr Stewart said.

Until now, pepper sprays have only been given to ‘cyclone’ squads sent in to break up prison riots.

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The announcement comes as another damning prison report revealed inmates at Exeter jail are attacking wardens with a mixture of boiling water and sugar.

Synthetic pepper spray – or PAVA – is used by some police forces instead of CS spray.

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After a trial at four jails, it will now be handed to all prison officers guarding adult males in England and Wales.

Ministers are also considering whether to give the spray to guards in juvenile and women’s prisons.

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Last night Mr Stewart said the move would help improve control of ‘chaotic’ inmates and added: ‘Prison officers’ ability to keep control of prisons is vital to ensuring everyone’s safety.

Violent individuals are as much of a danger to other prisoners as they are to prison officers.

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The Prison Officers Association welcomed the move, and warned their members were working in ‘the most hostile and violent...
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