HM Prison Full Sutton

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HM Prison Full Sutton is a Category A and B men's prison in the village of Full Sutton, near Pocklington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Full Sutton is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service and held some 596 inmates, as of December 2016. The prison's primary function is to hold, in conditions of high security, some of the most difficult and dangerous criminals in the country.

HMP Full Sutton
The entrance to HM Prison, Full Sutton (geograph 2503791).jpg
Entrance to prison
LocationFull Sutton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Security classAdult Male/Category A
Capacity558 [1]
Population596 [2] (as of September 2018)
Managed byHM Prison Services
GovernorGareth Sands
WebsiteFull Sutton at

The prison also has a unit known as the Close Supervision Centre, which is referred to as a "prison inside a prison". This is used to house prisoners who are a high risk to the public and national security. HMP Full Sutton will not normally accept prisoners who have been sentenced to less than four years, or who have less than twelve months left to serve.


Full Sutton Prison opened in 1987, as a purpose built maximum security prison for men. Over the years, it has held some of the most difficult, violent and dangerous criminals in the country. In March 2000, the Home Office ordered an inquiry into Full Sutton after evidence emerged of racism among prison officers at the jail.

The evidence centred on a log of an Asian inmate's phone conversations kept by two prison officers.[3] In January 2003, the prison was criticised again, when it emerged that inmates at Full Sutton were being paid as an incentive to learn to read and write. Payments of £1 to £3 were being made to prisoners on successful completion of literacy and numeracy courses at the jail.[4]

In December 2005, a report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons stated that gangs inside the prison were arranging "fight clubs" to pay off debts. The level of bullying and violence was so great that many wings were unsafe. There was evidence that gangs who had been operating on the streets continued to function inside the prison using intimidation. Security concerns had led to prisoners being denied access to outside sports.[5]

In February 2006, the Independent Monitoring Board criticised Full Sutton for high levels of drug use amongst prisoners. The board stated that illegal drugs were an "insidious disease" inside the prison.[6]

In February 2011, the convicted murderer Colin Hatch, who was jailed for the murder of seven year old Sean Williams in January 1994, was murdered in the prison. The man responsible was Damien Fowkes, an inmate who also attacked fellow child killer Ian Huntley, who survived.[7] In March 2017, it was announced that a new prison will be built adjacent to the current one. The existing prison will stay open during the development.[8]

On 26 May 2013, a prison officer was taken hostage. He and a female colleague were injured; other officers successfully dealt with the incident.[9]

On 13 October 2019, Richard Huckle — one of Britain's most prolific convicted child sex offenders serving twenty two life sentences — was murdered in the prison.[10]

The prison todayEdit

The healthcare centre at the prison has a six bed ward, with an additional two safer cells and a crisis suite. The centre is staffed by a full time medical officer. Full Sutton Prison provides a range of educational courses, from Basic Skills through to Open University degree courses. Employment and training is also available in various prison workshops including, textiles, contract services, Braille transcription, catering and industrial cleaning.

The prison's gym also provides physical education with recognised qualifications, as well as recreational gym. There is a visitors' centre, with facilities including a baby changing area, a children's play area and refreshment machines.

Prisoner John Onyemaechi went on a rampage in August 2018, attacking staff and starting a fire. The incident caused damage costing £15,000, and led to the deployment of more than one hundred officers.[11] Plans were approved to build a 1,440 inmate "mega prison" at Full Sutton in September 2019, by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. More than 2,800 objections to it were lodged, including from police.[12]

Notable inmatesEdit

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  4. ^ "Prisoners paid to take lessons". BBC News. 6 January 2003. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  5. ^ Travis, Alan (7 December 2005). "Inmates 'run fight clubs' at maximum security jail". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  6. ^ Hemmings, Julie (21 February 2006). "Call for action over prison's drug 'disease". Yorkshire Post. Leeds. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Child killer Colin Hatch 'murdered' in secure prison". BBC News. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
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  17. ^ "Serial killer Dennis Nilsen dies in prison". Sky News. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Dennis Nilsen: Serial killer dies in prison aged 72". BBC News. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Drug dealer Curtis Warren to fight court order". BBC News. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  20. ^ Johnson, Wesley (26 April 2012). "Jeremy Bamber murder appeal bid rejected". The Independent. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
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  22. ^ Ward, Verity (30 October 2016). "Sunderland mum's new plea to serial killer Steven Grieveson". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
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