HC Deb 21 July 1914 vol 65 c273W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of assaults on warders and attendants at Dartmoor and Portland Prisons and Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, respectively, in each of the last five years?


At Dartmoor Prison there were twenty-one assaults on warders in the five years 1909–1913, namely, nine in 1909, four in 1910, three in 1911 and 1912, and two in 1913. At Portland Prison there were twenty-three assaults—eight in 1909, two in 1910, four in 1911, three in 1912, and six in 1913. At Broadmoor Asylum, in the last five years, seven attendants have been attacked by patients, four of them being incapacitated for duty for over a week. The dangerous patients in Broadmoor have no opportunity of procuring weapons, but it is not at all uncommon for attendants to receive kicks and blows from violent patients of which no record is kept.