Synthetic pepper spray for prison officers in England and Wales

Prison officers in England and Wales are to be issued with canisters of a synthetic pepper spray to help deal with violence and disorder.The chemical incapacitant known as PAVA has been trialled in four jails and will be carried by officers in all publicly-run prisons for men from 2019.Prison officers welcomed 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.The decision to introduce the spray at a cost of £2m follows what the Ministry of Justice says was a "successful" six-month trial at Hull, Preston, Risley and Wealstun prisons.