Police name prisoner murdered at Yorkshire jail criticised by inspectors

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A prisoner from Nottingham who was allegedly murdered in jail has been named by police.

Two men were arrested after Michael Hennessy, 22, died from a stab wound at HMP Lindholme in South Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon. The force said it was not yet clear how the stab wound was inflicted and the two arrested men, aged 23 and 26, have been bailed and returned to the prison.

HMP Lindholme is classified as a Category C and D prison with a capacity of over 1,100. The former RAF base near Doncaster opened as a prison in 1985 and houses men over the age of 21. That can include people serving life and on indeterminate sentences.

A highly critical inspection of the jail’s wing for low-risk prisoners, led to it being closed earlier this year. HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said there were religious tensions and more than a third of prisoners had felt unsafe at some time.