Prison officers wearing CAMERAS to record attacks after surge in violence from inmates

Prison officers are wearing cameras to film attacks after a surge in violence by lags, writes Andy Gardner in the Sunday People. The small devices are attached to uniforms in a pilot scheme at ­category A Long Lartin Prison, Worcs, and at the young offender ­institution HMP Aylesbury, Bucks. The move could pave the way for all 17,000 officers in England and Wales to wear cameras. The scheme by the National Offender Management Service comes amid fears of escalating ­violence in jails. Assaults on officers by inmates have soared as spending cuts bit, with 326 attacked in 2012-13 – up by a record 31%.Cameras could also lead to staff spending less time on ­suspensions while prisoners’ ­complaints are ­investigated.