Prison sun cream offer 'foolish'

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An offer of sunscreen to two inmates who had climbed on to a jail's roof was "foolish" , the Prisons Minister has said .

The prisoners rejected the offer during an incident in hot weather at Dartmoor prison in Devon on June 19.

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said today that he had ordered an immediate review into the matter.

"This should not have happened," Mr Wright said.

"There should be no policies in place which promote this kind of foolishness and I have ordered an immediate review of this incident to ensure that it does not happen again."

It is not clear how the prisoners managed to get on to the roof or which building on the site in Princetown was involved.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the offer of sun cream was part of negotiations with the prisoners and there was no obligation under health and safety rules to provide it.

John Hancock, from the Prison Officers' Association in the South West, said the decision was "absolutely ludicrous".

Mr Hancock told the BBC: "They shouldn't have been up there in the first place.

"It's only going to encourage other inmates to get on the roofs and expect sun cream, and possibly cold drinks and ice creams as well."

Dartmoor prison, which is able to hold 659 inmates, was originally built to hold French and American prisoners of war in 1809.

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1:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Actually the message we're getting from medical professionals is exactly the opposite in that not wearing sun cream when exposed to the sun for prolonged periods is actually being foolish in that such behaviour carries the possibility of several very serious health risks - such as skin cancer, for instance. It is also scientifically-prove
n that unprotected exposure to the sun causes skin to prematurely age and whilst hardly life threatening, very few of us want that, do we dearies?
Actually the message we're getting from medical professionals is exactly the opposite in that not wearing sun cream when exposed to the sun for prolonged periods is actually being foolish in that such behaviour carries the possibility of several very serious health risks - such as skin cancer, for instance. It is also scientifically-prove n that unprotected exposure to the sun causes skin to prematurely age and whilst hardly life threatening, very few of us want that, do we dearies? Katie Re-Registered
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3:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Rita Jelfs says...

Its only been an average of 14C in June, so hardly even warm. Perhaps the officers had heat stroke! Perhaps the prisoners could have been offered a glass of wine and a deckchair instead, because sunscreen uses nanotechnology, and we're not sure how safe that is now.
Its only been an average of 14C in June, so hardly even warm. Perhaps the officers had heat stroke! Perhaps the prisoners could have been offered a glass of wine and a deckchair instead, because sunscreen uses nanotechnology, and we're not sure how safe that is now. Rita Jelfs
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3:38pm Fri 27 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

the offer of sun cream doesn't seem particularly foolish to me, but rather part of a fairly basic negotiating technique.

You offer them a series of small meaningless concessions in order to build a rapport and then use that obligation to require something significant in return
the offer of sun cream doesn't seem particularly foolish to me, but rather part of a fairly basic negotiating technique. You offer them a series of small meaningless concessions in order to build a rapport and then use that obligation to require something significant in return -trigg-
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7:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Listen to the boring Liberal excuses for men, can't wait to get the liberals out of our Government and any place they drivel their lovey lovey attitude to people who wish us harm, a water canon would have done the job, cooled them off at the same time, hope they double up on their sentences....
Listen to the boring Liberal excuses for men, can't wait to get the liberals out of our Government and any place they drivel their lovey lovey attitude to people who wish us harm, a water canon would have done the job, cooled them off at the same time, hope they double up on their sentences.... welshmen
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