Scots prison guard rushed to hospital after being ‘stabbed twice by inmate with makeshift blade’

A PRISON officer was stabbed twice by a blade nut inmate during an alleged attack.

It’s claimed the lag knifed the terrified guard with a makeshift weapon at HMP Glenochil in Clackmannanshire on Wednesday.


HMP GlenochilCredit: PA:Press Association

The guard was rushed to hospital for treatment before being released and is now recovering at home.

It’s understood the thug, who we are not naming for legal reason, was being held in solitary – known as “the digger” when the alleged attack took place.

A jail insider said: “Hopefully the guard makes a quick recovery.

“Despite having two wounds he can count himself lucky he wasn’t more seriously injured.

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“Other staff were very quick to assist and the injured staff member was taken to hospital for treatment.

“It shows just how dangerous the job is for us.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 1.45pm on Wednesday, 31 August 2022, police received a report of a man being assaulted in Glenochil Prison, Alloa.

“The man was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been released.

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“A 30-year-old man is subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with a serious assault.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Prison Service said: “This is now a police matter so it would be inappropriate for us to comment.”

Glenochil nick holds a mix of high, medium and low security inmates with lags transferred from other jails rather than being sent directly from court.

The jail, which opened in 1966, holds around 660 people and has held notorious inmates including double rapist Sean Moynihan and convicted murderer James O’Rourke.

Last year Glenochil hit the headlines after a ban on games consoles was lifting meaning cons could play Xbox behind bars.

In a recent report from Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, Glenochil was praised for work tackling the number of incidents at the jail.

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But a Scottish Prison Service report published last year showed there were 67 serious attacks on lags from 2021 to 2021 amid rising tensions.

Figures showed there were 1,388 minor assaults by prisoners on cons over the same period.

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