Another inmate dies at crisis-hit prison as death toll rises to 10 in three months

Parc prison in Bridgend
-Credit: (Image: Wales Online)

Another inmate has died at a crisis-hit prison, with the death toll rising to 10 in just over three months.

Warren Manners, 38, died at Parc prison in Bridgend, Wales, on Wednesday. As reported by Wales Online, bosses have confirmed that a probe will now be launched into the death.

Earlier this month the prison's minister Edward Argar said four out of nine recent sudden deaths at Parc are believed to be drug-related, four are not, and one is "potentially so". Two of the deaths, he said, are thought to be from natural causes.

A spokeswoman for G4S, the private security giant that runs the prison, said: "Mr Warren Manners, aged 38, passed away on Wednesday, May 29. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. As with all deaths in custody, this will be investigated by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and the cause of death is for the coroner to determine."

On Monday, Wales Online interviewed the heartbroken family of 19-year-old Michael Horton, who was allegedly threatened by drug-dealing inmates before his death at the prison on May 7.

On Tuesday the outlet revealed that the under-fire prison is investigating claims that inmates have been illegally carrying mobile phones and sharing pictures of themselves on social media. Three prisoners' Instagram accounts appear to have been sharing photos from inside Parc, including pictures that seem to show groups of inmates posing in the exercise yard.

Last month our sister title also reported allegations from a woman who recently worked at the prison. She said: "The prison was ultimately run by the prisoners, with officers being paid to bring in contraband items. The enhanced red band prisoners, who were able to roam, would then ferry these items across the prison." Rampant drug use, she claims, would go "unnoticed or ignored".

A G4S spokeswoman said: “We have a zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and use a range of tactics to tackle the ingress of drugs and reduce demand. This includes robust security measures for staff, visitors and prisoners as well as substance misuse support to those in our care.

"The vast majority of our staff are hard-working and honest. As with every other prison in the country, we work closely with the police and the [prison service] counter-corruption team to crack down on the small number who may break the rules."

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