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Inspectors found a disappointing lack of progress at HMP Swaleside in following up recommendations for improvement from a full inspection in 2018.

HMP Buckley Hall, a men’s training prison near Rochdale in Lancashire, was found by inspectors to be a “very safe prison” in which violence and use of force by staff had fallen over the last three years.

HMP Cardiff, a largely Victorian local prison holding nearly 740 men, was found by inspectors to be safer than three years ago and to have bucked the national trend of rising violence.

An announced inspection of HMYOI Feltham, launched in response to disturbing intelligence about the establishment, found an “appalling” decline in standards in the Feltham A children’s unit, according to HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.

Criminal justice inspectors found positive features in Durham Constabulary custody suites, including a respectful attitude to detainees and a strong focus on keeping children out of custody.

HMP Bullingdon, a prison north of Oxford holding more than 1,000 adult and young adult men, was found to have overcome staff shortages and become safer and more respectful over the two years since its last inspection.

Criminal justice inspectors found a mixed picture when they visited police custody suites in South Yorkshire, with some positive features but also several areas for concern.

Inspectors found a marked decline in treatment and conditions for prisoners at both the closed and open sites at HMP Hewell, a large male prison complex in Worcestershire.

An enhanced inspection approach, involving extensive interviews, was used when inspectors returned to Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) at Gatwick nearly two years after a covert BBC film showed apparent abuse by staff, a new inspection report says.

The Prison Service must grip and support HMP Bristol to improve after years of decline and “seemingly intractable failure”, according to Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.