Prison assaults in England and Wales at record high

The number of assaults in prisons in England and Wales has reached a record high.There were 33,803 attacks by prisoners in the year to the end of September 2018 - 20% up on the previous year.The figures include a record 10,085 assaults on prison staff - up 29%.There were 92 self-inflicted deaths in 2018, up from 72 in 2017.The charity Prison Reform Trust described the figures as "disturbing".