Sexual assaults in Islington prisons revealed

06:34 02 May 2012

Pentonville in Caledonian Road, Holloway

Pentonville in Caledonian Road, Holloway

Archant

The number of sex assaults in Islington’s two prisons have been revealed, prompting calls for an inquiry.

At Pentonville there were 14 sexual assaults on other prisoners or staff from 2006 to 2010.

At HMP Holloway, a women’s prison, there were five sex assaults during the same period.

The Ministry of Justice, who provided the figures as part of a Freedom of Information request, say they include both proven and unproven allegations and are subject to change because some alleged incidents are removed or reclassified following investigation.

Mary Mason, chief executive of Solace Women’s Aid who run Rape Crisis North London, said: “I find those figures quite shocking.

“That many rapes and sexual assaults in prison seems really high –- that is almost three a year in HMP Pentonville. It’s awful.

“If someone is in prison you would have thought it is possible to stop them getting raped. The right figure would be zero.

“We know rape is about power rather than sex, and to have that happening to vulnerable people in prison suggest there are serious control issues, as well as huge safety issues.”

She added: “I would want an investigation into why rape and sexual assault is so prevalent in Pentonville.”

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “We take the responsibility of keeping staff, prisoners and visitors safe extremely seriously. That’s why we have a violence management system in place to deal with incidents quickly and robustly – any serious violence is immediately referred to the police.”

As of August 2010, the inmate population of HMP Pentonville was 1,233 and 459 at HMP Holloway. 459.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Thursday, February 26, 2015
The terrorist gained the nickname 'Jihadi John' after he appeared in this video

The BBC has today named the man they believe to be the notorious ISIS executioner ‘Jihadi John’.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
swastika daubed on Heath signpost. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Highgate residents were “horrified” after waking up to a large swastika daubed on a sign at the entrance to Hampstead Heath.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Former railway guard Peter Handley, pictured wearing the distinctive gold Buddha pendant, with his grandson George

A gang of masked intruders held an 80-year-old great-grandfather hostage and ransacked his home in Gospel Oak, leaving the disabled pensioner in fear of his life.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
The stabbing happened in Mount Pleasant Hill, Clapton (Google Street View)

A man aged in his mid 20s is in a critical condition after being stabbed in Mount Pleasant Hill in Clapton yesterday afternoon.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Police want to speak to this man after a 90-year-old woman's handbag was stolen from a church (Picture: Met Police)

A 90-year-old woman’s handbag was stolen from a church in Hounslow when she went up to the altar during an Ash Wednesday service.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The pet tropical fish were kicked to death, or killed with bleach [File photo by Robert Kerton]

A trio of men from Maida Vale killed tropical fish for fun in a retirement home.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Your life as a carefree fresher is long gone. This year you’re all about to-do lists, coffee and Friday nights in the library. Such fun.

Read more

The Press Association’s education correspondent discusses Labour’s tuition fee plans

Read more

Committee wants to find out ‘and have a better understanding of the eco-systems that will be affected’.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

The Press Association’s education correspondent discusses Labour’s tuition fee plans

Clarkson doesn’t think Top Gear is for “for people who wear pink ties”. We fear he may be limiting his audience.

A girl from south Manchester fell ill after taking a tablet thought to contain ecstasy

Quirky London