Nearly 300 prison warders in Northern Ireland have been assaulted while on duty since 2011, the Justice Minister has said.

David Ford has said that 282 assaults have been recorded over the past four years.

A response to a Freedom of Information request last July by the Northern Ireland Prison Service shows that assaults on prison guards have risen dramatically in recent years.

Reported by the Irish News. You can read the full story here. 

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