Relationship Row Prison Officer Resigns

The Swansea Prison officer at the centre of a row over an alleged relationship with a former inmate has quit.The woman had been suspended since the middle of last month while officers investigated what they called an “inappropriate relationship”.

It is believed the woman had been carrying on with a former inmate. The officer has also been questioned by police in connection with an unrelated matter.

No-one at the Oystermouth Road jail has commented on the issue, with inquiries referred to the Home Office.

A spokesman there confirmed in a statement: “An officer at HMP Swansea was suspended on January 15 after the prison received information about an inappropriate relationship.

“An internal investigation was carried out by the prison. The officer has now resigned.”

The Home Office has not released the name of the officer. At the time details of the suspension were first released, it also alluded to another matter.

“The officer was subsequently questioned by the police on another matter,” said the spokesman.

Police have so far not said what that matter was and what action, if any, has been taken.

No-one was available at South Wales Police headquarters in Bridgend yesterday to comment.

Meanwhile, staff and prisoners at the prison have raised more than £2,500 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association with a number of sponsored events.

Prisoners undertook a 10k run and also had to guess the number of sweets in a jar. Staff held a quiz night, organised a ”bring a pound to work day”, made donations and held a collection at the city’s Liberty Stadium.

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