Berwyn Prison:Written question - 126193

(Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Asked on: 01 February 2018
Ministry of Justice
Berwyn Prison
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fires have occurred at HMP Berwyn since its opening.
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 09 February 2018

HMP Berwyn is performing well since it opened last year, and represents a key part of our £1.3billion investment to reform and modernise the prison estate.

We know more must be done to improve safety across the estate, which is why we introduced body-worn cameras and additional CCTV, and have invested £100m to recruit 2,500 extra officers.

The number of concerted indiscipline, incidents at height, fires and dirty protests taking place at HMP Berwyn can be found in the table below:

Number of incidents

Concerted Indiscipline1


Incident At Height




Dirty protest3


1) All low level incidents

2) Includes 2 fire related incidents that were false alarms

3) To provide incidents of dirty protest, Miscellaneous type incidents were read to determine whether the incident should be counted as such and therefore contain an element of subjective judgement.

Data Sources and Quality
These figures have been drawn from the HMPPS Incident Reporting System. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Although the figures are shown to the last case the figures may not be accurate to that level.

Since opening in Spring 2017, local data from within HMP Berwyns Security department has recorded 167 referrals to North Wales Police. HMP Berwyn is committed to working with all Criminal Justice partners across Wales.

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