Prison management rapped after hanging

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THE National Offender Management Service has been criticised following the death of a vulnerable inmate at HMP Bullingdon.

On the evening of September 26, 2006, inmate Daniel Rooney was awaiting sentence when he was found by a prison officer with a noose around his neck.

He was moved into what was deemed a safer cell, but around 40 minutes later was found hanging from a ligature made from bedding tied to a shower rail.

HSE spokesman Heather Bryant said: “This was an unnecessary tragedy and shows that all refurbishment programmes need to be adequately controlled.

“The standard in this cell was far below what is appropriate for those vulnerable prisoners in a safer cell.”

NOMS was formally rebuked over the death.