Prisoners in the UK's billion pound prison are said to be "running the wings" and are "off their t*ts" in a "culture of lawlessness", according to a whistleblower.
Inmates inside Forest Bank prison in Salford, Manchester, appear to be running the "lawless" place and are leaving staff feeling "unsafe" amid a slate of allegations.
Those alleged worries of homebrewed alcohol in jail cells, rife drug troubles leaving inmates spaced out "a lot of the time" and "cost-cutting" staff troubles is just the start of the troubles.
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The Government has since called for an investigation into the billion pound contract given to facilities corporation Sodexo, M.E.N. reported.
Sodexo's contract is not due to expire until January 19, 2025, and has been a longstanding agreement since 1998, when it was first awarded.
Building on the former site of Agecroft power station, Sodexo have been in charge of the facilities for quarter of a century now, dealing with over 1,000 inmates at present.
Those 1,064 inmates may have scuppered a planned contract extension though, as they run rampant and essentially run the place, an unnamed whistleblower has claimed.
They said: "Managers don’t have control over staff and staff definitely don’t have control of prisoners. Prisoners are able to do almost anything they want because the staff either don’t care, aren’t experienced enough or just simply want an easy life."
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Staff, who allegedly bought parts of their uniform from ASDA due to budget cuts, have since said the prison may be "beyond saving".
The whistleblower added: "We have handcuffs, a radio and a set of keys. No personal protection at all. No pepper spray, no baton, just our fists and our mouths to try and de- escalate a situation.
"I have been expected to have 110 lads out on a wing with only me watching over them. This simply is not realistic. I’m completely outnumbered and it’s extremely unsafe."
A chief inspector of prisons report from last year appeared to agree with the brutal assessment, with said report finding the wings were "understaffed most days" and that workers were "disillusioned" with the state of the prison.
An HMP Forest Bank spokesperson said: "HMP Forest Bank effectively services the needs of the Greater Manchester courts while managing a complex population at the front end of the prison system.
"When adjustments to the prison regime are required to guarantee the safety of colleagues and prisoners, those changes are made.
"We continue to work with police to tackle the conveyance of illegal items, including a joint operation last week. Over the last twelve months, conveying has reduced, making HMP Forest Bank a safer community for all staff and prisoners."
Their statement comes as a recently released convict claimed out of 60 cells in a wing, 12 were used for brewing alcohol which was then sold in Vimto bottles for £100 a litre.
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