Mosque visit by prison officers

Prison staff visited a city mosque to help prevent young Muslim prisoners from being “radicalised” by extremist inmates. Luke Serjeant, governor of Woodhill prison on Tattenhoe Street, said staff aimed to develop better understanding and links with Muslim communities to help protect the 100 Muslim prisoners at Woodhill from being targeted by Islamic extremists. Serjeant was featured on Channel 4 documentary Dispatches on Monday night, as it focused on the spread of Islamic extremism throughout British prisons. The programme revealed evidence that extremists were targeting young, vulnerable inmates that feel alienated from society and want a sense of purpose. One of the ways the service is responding is to provide a carefully vetted Islamic leader, or Imam, in each jail to guide and teach followers of the religion.