Prison smoking ban: Prisoners threatening riots over POA backed ban

'There will be violence': Prisoners threatening riots over jail smoking ban
The Prison Service are rolling out a ban (Picture: PA)

Open Prisons are set to introduce a phased banning of smoking indoors from this weekend.

There are fears that once the ban – which will apply to prisons in England and Wales – is rolled out in higher security jails it could spark violence.

Experts warn the ban may lead to unrest, rioting and increased pressure on the prison service – which has already been hit hard by government cuts.

A letter obtained by Sky News reads: ‘If this ban comes in, there will be violence. Trust me.’

Another says: ‘We’re already planning a fight back. It’s us against them.’

Currently, smoking is allowed in cells and exercise yards.

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Prisoners will have access to e-cigs (Picture: PA)

The ban will rule out lighting up in all indoor areas in the 136 prisons across England and Wales.

The ruling has been campaigned for by the Prison Governors Association, who raise concerns about the impact of second hand smoke on prison officers.

Joe Simpson, General Secretary of the POA said: ‘We are always wary of what the prisoners’ reaction could be, and that’s why it’s being rolled instead of just a blanket ban.’

A prison service spokesperson added: ‘ Prisoners will have access to e-cigarettes and other support to stop smoking.’

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