A female prison officer was seriously assaulted by a sex offender who dragged her into his cell and strangled her unconscious.
The officer, who had only completed her training two weeks ago, was doing a routine check at HMP Littlehey, a 1,200-capacity sex offender jail in Cambridgeshire, on Tuesday when the inmate grabbed her.
She was conducting ‘accommodation fabric checks’, which involve searching prisoners’ cells for contraband and ensuring they are safe when the prisoner, who has not been named, dragged her in and then reportedly barricaded the door.
He then ‘repeatedly’ strangled her until she fell unconscious and had began undressing when more prison guards arrived.
According to the BBC, a whistleblower revealed the information on a the Facebook group Know The Danger, which was set up by jail workers to reveal incidents in UK prisons anonymously.
According to the posting, the female officer was one of only two staff on the wing containing 80 prisoners at the time, and it was other inmates who raised the alarm.
Members of the Know The Danger Facebook group said they had tweeted the news to the Ministry of Justice and the Justice Minister – saying it was ‘unacceptable’ for two prison guards to be working in a wing with that many inmates.
The officer was taken to be treated for bruising after the attack.
Cambridgeshire police have said a 27-year-old male is ‘under investigation’ for the incident but no formal arrests have been made.
A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire police said: ‘Officers are investigating a serious assault of a prison officer at HMP Littlehey in Crow Spinney Lane, Perry on Tuesday at about 9.40am.
‘We do not tolerate any violence against our hardworking staff and will always push for the strongest punishment.’
HMP Littlehey, the largest sex offender jail in the UK, was previously home to shamed publicist Max Clifford, who died of a heart attack in the jail in December last year.