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Prison 'slopping out' case goes to high court

PUBLISHED September 26, 2011

Case could force government to foot bill for upgrading old prisons The Prison Service is fighting a legal case that could force the government to spend millions of pounds upgrading old jails. Convicted paedophile Roger Gleaves claims the lack of an in-cell toilet was a breach of his human rights and has taken his case to the high court in London. Slopping out was officially abolished in the UK in 1996, but a watchdog warned last year that 2,000 cells across 10 prisons still had no in-cell sanitation, and the practice of using a bucket at night continues. Gleaves, who served time at what is now Isle of Wight prison, claims his human rights were violated by having to use a bucket as a toilet in his cell. A prison service spokeswoman said: "The National Offender Management Service is robustly defending the claims." Prisons and probation UK criminal justice © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds