Prisoner dead after 'falling from landing' as jail goes into lockdown

In investigation is underway after an inmate fell to his death at a prison in Liverpool.

Inmates were locked in their cells while emergency crews responded to the fall – and the lockdown may continue until tomorrow morning.

It happened this afternoon at HMP Altcourse.

The man is understood to have fallen from a landing at the prison, which is in the Fazakerley area of the city.

The man’s next of kin are in the process of being informed, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The death is now likely to be investigated by Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen.

The authority probes all deaths that take place within the country’s jail network.

Last month a watchdog report was largely positive about changes made at the prison.

A review found increased staffing levels had improved conditions at the Category B prison – though a spate of attacks in one unit included a prison officer having his throat slashed.

Investigators from the Independent Monitoring Board highlighted several positives – including an 8% fall in violence and 15% drop in assaults on staff.

They also found there were no “major incidents” between June 2016 and July 2017 and that efforts to tackle new psycho-active drugs (NPS) – difficult to detect substances that were formally classed as legal highs – were enjoying success.

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