Prison guards are in “constant threat” of being beheaded by Islamist inmates who want to stream the murders online.
The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) said that the threat was at its highest ever level, with chairman Mark Fairhurst remarking that increasingly, “people incarcerated for extremist crimes are more violent and more radicalised”.
“We had intelligence passed on to us that the threat of radicalisation and attacks on prison staff was real and was imminent, and the intention of Jihadi extremist offenders — as highlighted by the Whitemoor attack — is to take a prison officer hostage, behead them and somehow screen that online via the use of a mobile phone.
“If you look at the tactics of extremist offenders, that is always a constant threat; a constant concern,” Mr Fairhurst said, according to the BBC on Thursday.
The POA chief made the remarks after two inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP)