Prison officers 'need tasers and stab vests' to cope with rising violence in jails

Prison officers in the UK need tasers and stab vests in order to cope with a “horrendous” level of violence in British jails, the acting head of the Prison Officers Association (POA) has said. Mark Fairhurst urged that better resources were needed to deal with acts of violence by inmates, warning that officers aren’t sufficiently equipped to deal with a rise in violence and assaults against staff, with an average of 19 being assaulted per day. His calls come less than a year after riots broke out at HMP Birmingham, which saw up to 600 inmates run riot across four wings after keys were reportedly taken from a member of staff at the jail.