Killer Who Must Become Mrs West; Prison Officers Told to Show Inmates 'More Respect'

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Killer Who Must Become Mrs West; Prison Officers Told to Show Inmates 'More Respect'


Clarke, Michael, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: MICHAEL CLARKE

SERIAL killer Rose West should be addressed as Mrs West by prison officers and Moors Murderer Myra Hindley as Ms Hindley, the head of Britain's jails has ruled.

Likewise Charles Bronson, regarded as the country's most dangerous prisoner, ought to be called 'Mr Bronson' as staff try to restrain him during one of his periodic rampages.

Under a directive to be issued by Prison Service director general Martin Narey, officers should abandon the traditional practice of calling inmates by their surnames.

Instead they should use Mr, Mrs, Ms and Miss or, if prisoners prefer the informal approach, their first names.

Last night, rank and file prison officers reacted angrily to the ruling. One said Mr Narey would be 'mad' to go ahead with it.

He added: 'We are prison officers not nurses or hotel staff.

It's ridiculous politically-correct gesturing.' Mr Narey, who will announce the guidelines at the Prison Officers' Association conference in Southport this week, said they would help promote 'respect' for inmates.

'It is not a matter of being soft or silly,' he said. 'It is about respect.

'The names issue is very important to prisoners. When people come into prison for the first time it is a very early indication of how they are going to be treated.' Mr Narey told The Observer he had met Hindley recently on a tour of Highpoint jail in Suffolk 'and of course I called her Ms Hindley'.

She is serving two life sentences for murdering two youngsters and has confessed to killing two more.

Her accomplice Ian Brady is held in Ashworth Special Hospital on Merseyside, which is not controlled by the Prison Service, so will not be affected by the ruling.

But it will apply to West, serving life at Durham jail for ten murders of young women and girls and to armed robber and hostage taker Bronson.

Bronson - who changed his name from Michael Peterson in honour of the star of the Death Wish vigilante films - has repeatedly attacked staff at maximum security Woodhill prison in Buckinghamshire. …

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