I am so pleased that this week HMP Stocken’s outbreak of COVID-19 has been formally declared over by Public Health England.
I know this will come as a relief to all of us across Rutland. Thanks to the superb leadership of the Governor and all the enormous hard work of prison staff, this outbreak did not cause mass outbreaks in our wider community and overall less than 20 per cent of staff and prisoners tested positive for COVID-19. I hope very soon to be able to speak with the Governor and staff in person to thank them for their extraordinary efforts.
This has been an enormously hard time for prison staff, and also the families of prisoners.
I know how touched the Governor and the team were by the support and kindness offered by the people of Rutland throughout this difficult period.