Staffordshire Moorlands footballers face a spell in prison

STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands FC players face spending a short time in jail on the opening day of their new season in the Staffordshire County Senior Football League.

They will be ‘locked up’ in Her Majesty’s Prison Featherstone near Wolverhampton on the afternoon of Saturday, August 12.

However, it will only be for the short period while they fulfill their Division Two fixture against the prison team!

The Moorlands footballers can be forgiven about feeling more than a little nervous about making their brief visit to the Category C prison, which can accommodate nore than 600 adult offenders.

That is because Featherstone has a chequered history of trouble involving inmates and was last year dubbed “one of the most violent in the UK.”

In August 2016, a major incident was declared at the jail after prisoners set fire to their cells and assaulted staff during a week-long period of disturbance – including a hostage situation.

A report published by the Independent Monitoring Board revealed 144 assaults occurred in Featherstone between November 2015 and October 2016

However, Featherstone is now reported to be ‘more stable’ and settled’ after before being made a resettlement prison, which sees inmates from the West Midlands moved to the jail at the end of their sentence before being released.