Inmate accused of slashing Lincoln prison officer in extremist attack
A prisoner has been accused of executing an extremist attack after slashing a prison officer in Lincoln.
The inmate was transferred to HMP Lincoln days after he was said to have sliced the throat of a jail guard and an inmate at a different prison.
Shouts “this is for Allah” and "only white people should die" were apparently heard during the first attack.
The suspect is then said to have allegedly sunk a piece of sharpened masonry into the HMP Lincoln prison worker who is said to only have suffered minor injuries as a result of the attack on Sunday, July 23.
The prisoner had reportedly been transferred from HMP Weyland in Norfolk after leaving a staff member and another inmate requiring hospital treatment following an attack involving a blade two days previously.
Prison bosses are now investigating how the prisoner - who is believed to have become radicalised while locked inside – was able to perform another attack after being transferred.
The suspected Islamic extremist is alleged to have used the same phrase uttered by the London Bridge attackers when they murdered seven people with knives and a van, reports The Mirror.
It comes after Prime Minister, Theresa May, warned in the aftermath of the London atrocity last month of violent extremists carrying out copycat attacks “often using the crudest means”.
Detectives from Norfolk police are investigating both incidents but so far no arrests have been made.
Questions have been raised over why the alleged attacker was not held in a high risk unit for people who have been radicalised.
A second source confirmed that witnesses say the attacker shouted: “This is for Allah” during the first attack.
One source said of the suspect: “He was voicing extreme views. He said ‘only white people should die’ and ‘This is for Allah’ as he did it.
“He should have gone to a high risk unit for people who have been radicalised. Especially after the first incident at HMP Wayland - he should not have just been transferred to HMP Lincoln.”
A Norfolk police spokeswoman told MirrorOnline: “Police are investigating a serious assault which happened at HMP Wayland, near Thetford, on Friday (21 July). The incident happened at about 1.30pm when a prisoner attacked another inmate and a prison officer with a bladed weapon. Both victims suffered cuts which required hospital treatment. The suspect involved was moved to HMP Lincoln where he was involved in another assault against a prison officer on Sunday 23 July (minor injury). “Investigations are ongoing.”
The source said the attacks came amid a background of savage cuts to prison budgets.
The insider said: “This is all happening as prisons...don’t have enough staff - there are big problems in the prison system.”
The source said the HMP Bedford riot involving 230 inmates in November last year showed the service was under strain -and referred to two other incidents this weekend alone - one at HMP Hewell where riot squads were sent in and HMP Aylesbury young offenders institute.
A prison officer was taken to hospital with minor injuries after an “incident” at HMP Hewell near Redditch, Worcestershire, late on Saturday night. Specially trained prison security teams arrived after a “small number” of inmates at the category B jail were involved in the disturbance.
At HMP Aylesbury Young Offenders Institute, violence broke out on Friday night leaving a ‘number of staff’ and an imate needing hospital treatment.
Years of savage government cuts have seen the prison service stretched to its limits.
Budgets have been slashed by a reported £700 million since 2010 and the number of prison officers has fallen by some 7,000 to 18,000 during that period.
The chief inspector of prisons, Peter Clarke, found a 38% increase in assaults on staff in a report released earlier this month.
He said suicides have doubled since 2013 to 113, and 21 out of 29 local and training prisons rated poor or not sufficiently good for safety.
Staffing levels in many jails are too low to keep order and maintain standards, he said.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “We do not tolerate any violence against our hardworking staff. When incidents like this occur we will always work closely with the police to push for the strongest possible punishment.
“We have referred both of these incidents to the police and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
Steve Gillan, general secretary of the POA prison officers union, said: “We take a very dim view of our staff being assaulted and I hope justice gets done if these allegations are correct. I will be speaking to the Lincoln committee about this.”