HMPPS urged to take concerns seriously after damning report on Bedford prison

A report published by the prisons inspectorate has for the first time revealed the extent of the “decline and decay” that led the chief inspector to take emergency action at Bedford prison last year.In September, HM chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke issued an urgent notification for HMP Bedford – the most serious action available to him – which required the justice secretary, David Gauke, to respond publicly with an action plan to improve conditions.