Pepper spray for prison officers 'a real risk'

Issuing prison officers with cans of pepper spray will worsen the current "culture of conflict", a former prison governor has told BBC News.John Podmore, who worked at high-security Belmarsh Prison in London, said there was "a real risk the pepper sprays will be turned on the officers".Prison officers in England and Wales are to be given synthetic pepper spray to help deal with disorder and violence, under new plans.Prison officers have praised the move.But the announcement came as the Prison Governors Association (PGA) accused the government of failing to react quickly enough to a "crisis" in jails.