There is a crisis unfolding at the UK's biggest jail after a shocking eighteen female prison guards have been dismissed over alleged relationships with inmates.
Berwyn Prison, located in Wrexham, North Wales, has been embroiled in scandal after it was revealed that a number of female prison officers had allegedly developed inappropriate relationships with inmates.
The female guards, who were all employed at the same prison, had all been suspended from duty before the dismissals were confirmed.
The dismissals come after a series of investigations into the allegations that the female officers had become too closely involved with inmates.
The prison, which opened in 2017 and is the largest in the UK, has been the subject of much scrutiny since the scandal was first reported.
Berwyn Prison is run by the private security firm G4S, who have released a statement confirming the dismissals.
In the statement, G4S said: “We can confirm that 18 members of staff have been dismissed following allegations of inappropriate relationships with prisoners.
“We take any allegations of this nature seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy regarding any inappropriate behaviour. We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for both prisoners and staff.”
The prison has also released a statement in which they have vowed to take “swift and robust action” against any members of staff found to be in breach of their code of conduct.
The scandal at Berwyn Prison has raised serious questions about the management of the prison, as well as the safety of both inmates and staff.
It is not yet known if any criminal investigations will be launched into the behaviour of the female prison guards, but it is clear that the scandal has caused significant disruption at the prison.