Rochdale's Buckley Hall Prison 'must tackle drugs'

Drug-taking, grubby wings and high useage of segregation need to be tackled at a Greater Manchester prison, inspectors found.

HMP Buckley Hall, a category C prison near Rochdale with about 450 inmates, is run satisfactorily overall with low levels of violence, a report concluded.

However, up to 30% of prisoners tested positive in random drugs tests.

The National Offender Management Service said it is committed to tackling the issue of illicit drugs.

Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: "Overall, this is a satisfactory report that highlights a number of key strengths and some useful work being carried out with prisoners."

The prison opened in 2000 as a private jail but has since reverted to a Prison Service-owned men's jail following a tendering process.

Michael Spurr, chief executive of the National Offender Management Service, said: "The governor and her team will now take on board the recommendations of the report, including those around drugs, and look at how further to improve.

"We are committed to tackling the issue of illicit drugs across the estate and will continue to work with the police and other authorities on prevention strategies."

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