Lancashire

Two HMP Preston officers charged after death of inmate

Two prison officers have been charged following the death of an inmate at a Lancashire jail.

Christopher Oldham, 36, was found hanging in his cell in HMP Preston on 21 April. He was on remand, accused of perverting the course of justice.

Shaun Percy, 49, of Walton-le-Dale, is charged with misconduct in public office. He has been suspended.

His wife, Lisa, also 49, is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. She is also suspended.

Mandatory cell checks

Both are due to appear before Preston magistrates on 21 November.

Bryan Boulter, from the Crown Prosecution Service special crime and counter terrorism division, said it was alleged that Mr Percy "failed to carry out mandatory cell checks in relation to a number of prisoners who had been assessed as being at risk of suicide, including Christopher Oldham, without reasonable excuse or justification".

He added: "It is further alleged that he falsely recorded on the relevant forms that he had done these checks."

He said Mrs Percy, the senior officer on 21 April, was alleged to have "made further entries on the relevant records in her husband's name falsely recording that he had made two further checks on Mr Oldham".

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