Feltham Young Offender Institution - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede Labour 4:00 pm, 24th July 2019

My Lords, I visited Feltham just over a year ago. At that time, I was told by the prison officers who showed me around that the police unit based at Feltham had been withdrawn; as I understand it, the unit was looking at gangs within Feltham and how they relate to the wider community. Was what I was told correct? Was the police unit withdrawn, and might this have had an impact on the deterioration in behaviour that we have seen in recent months?