Lindholme prison coronavirus regime too 'restrictive'

 A "restrictive" regime imposed at a prison due to coronavirus has resulted in a rise in violence and mental health issues, inspectors have said. HM Inspectorate of Prisons said strict rules at HMP Lindholme, near Doncaster, meant prisoners spending long hours in their cells "without reprieve". An inspection in October found the restrictions were not proportionate when compared to other prisons. Progress to relax the regime had also been too slow, inspectors concluded. Charlie Taylor, HM chief inspector of prisons, said the regime introduced in March was in line with guidelines designed to protect staff and inmates from Covid-19.