Sun cream offer to prisoners on roof ‘foolish’

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The Prisons Minister has condemned an offer of sunscreen to two inmates who had climbed onto a jail’s roof as “foolish”.

The prisoners rejected the offer during an incident in hot weather at Dartmoor prison in Devon.

Jeremy Wright confirmed he has ordered an immediate review and added: “There should be no policies in place which promote this kind of foolishness.”

The Ministry of Justice said the offer of sun cream was part of negotiations with the prisoners and there was no health and safety obligation to provide it.