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Tragedy strikes South Wales: Six inmates found dead in Bridgend's Parc prison

Tragedy strikes South Wales: Six inmates found dead in Bridgend's Parc prison
Bridgend's Parc prison

In a shocking series of events, six inmates have been found dead at HM Prison Parc in Bridgend, South Wales.

The sudden deaths, which occurred since February 27, have cast a dark shadow over the correctional facility, raising serious concerns about inmate safety and prison conditions.

South Wales Police have linked four of these deaths to a potent opioid drug, believed to be part of the nitazene class.

These synthetic opioids, which can be up to 500 times stronger than morphine, pose a grave threat due to their incredible potency and potential for misuse.

The prison, operated by the private security firm G4S, is one of the largest in the UK, housing over 1,700 inmates.

The recent deaths have brought to light the alarming rate of fatalities within its walls, with 20 deaths reported since January 2022.

Detective Steve Jones from South Wales Police stated,

"At this stage, we cannot confirm that the four deaths are connected to any specific drug; however, a fast-track process has identified the presence of Nitazene based substances in connection with all four deaths."

He further mentioned that "Spice," another dangerous synthetic drug, has been identified in two of the four deaths.

The community and families of the deceased are in mourning, and there is a growing outcry for transparency and reform.

An unnamed family member of one of the deceased expressed their grief and frustration, saying,

"We just want answers. How could this happen inside a place that's supposed to keep them safe?"

As the investigation continues, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has urged all prisoners in possession of spice to dispose of it immediately, highlighting the urgency of the situation.

The South Wales Central coroner's service has confirmed that inquests will be opened for each death, as required by law.

This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing battle against illicit drug use within prisons and the dire consequences that can ensue. This is a developing story please check back for more updates.