Three suicides last year at city prison

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THERE were three suicides last year at a Leeds prison, according to a national charity.

HMP Leeds was among the eight jails where at least three inmates took their own lives in 2014, figures compiled by the Howard League for Penal Reform have revealed.

The statistics, from Ministry of Justice data, show the prison suicide rate rose to its highest for seven years last year.

Eighty-two prisoners took their own lives during 2014, including 14 young adults aged between 18 and 24. In 2013 there were 75 deaths and 61 in 2012.

HMP Leeds, a Category B prison, also saw four deaths from natural causes. The total of seven deaths was five up from the previous year.

Prisons Minister Andrew Selous said the Government “remain focused on doing all we can” to prevent prison suicides.