Eighteen female guards at ‘Britain’s cushiest jail’ have been fired for having illicit affairs with inmates

  • Staff at the prison now have to undergo compulsory training to tackle the issue
  • 3 female guards jailed for flings with inmates at HMP Berwyn, Wrexham, Wales
  • The category C resettlement and training prison accommodates 2,100 men

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Eighteen female guards at ‘Britain’s cushiest jail’ have been fired for having illicit affairs with inmates.

Figures discovered¬†in Freedom of Information requests found that the relationships¬†took place over the past six years at HMP Berwyn, Britain’s biggest prison.

The information follows three of the women ending up in court following the illicit liaisons at the Wrexham jail in North Wales.

Mark Fairhurst, chair of the Prison Officers’ Association, blamed the relationships on the hiring of ‘the wrong kind of women’.

He told the Mirror: ‘Staff being recruited don’t have face-to-face interviews‚Ķ it’s all done on Zoom.

Prison officer, Ayshea Gunn with inmate Khuram Razaq in the cells of HMP Berwyn, Britain's biggest prison
Prison officer, Ayshea Gunn with inmate Khuram Razaq in the cells of HMP Berwyn, Britain’s biggest prison
Ayshea Gunn in handcuffs on her way to prison, leaving court after she was found to have had a relationship with an inmate

Ayshea Gunn in handcuffs on her way to prison, leaving court after she was found to have had a relationship with an inmate

Eighteen female guards at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, North Wales a Category C prison, have been fired for having illicit affairs with inmates

Eighteen female guards at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, North Wales a Category C prison, have been fired for having illicit affairs with inmates
Jennifer Gavan
Alex Coxon
Ex prison officer Jennifer Gavan, top, was jailed for eight months after she smuggled a mobile phone into the prison for her lover Alex Coxon, bottom. She sent Coxon intimate messages and photographs over Snapchat

‘A lot of people getting these jobs don’t have enough life experience and are susceptible to conditioning from prisoners.

‘Your figures just prove what we’ve been warning the employer about for years.’

Among the guards guilty of initiating relationships with prisoners at £250 million super prison which houses Category C adult male offenders was Jennifer Gavan, 27, Ayshea Gunn, 27, and Emily Watson, 26.

Most recently, Gavan was jailed for eight months in December following her relations with prisoner Alex Coxon, 25.

She had sent intimate photos of herself to prisoner Coxon on Snapchat and kissed him during the relationship between April and July 2020.

She also smuggled a mobile phone behind bars for Coxon.

Gavan, of Llay, Wrexham, pleaded guilty to misconduct in public at Mold Crown Court after she accepted £150 to bring in the mobile phone.

The relationship came just one year after fellow officer Ayshea Gunn, 27, had a fling with ‘dangerous’ inmate Khuram Razaq, 29.

Prison officer Ayshea Gunn, pictured, was jailed for one year at Mold Crown Court in 2019 after having an affair with a dangerous criminal at HMP Berwyn in North Wales

Khuram Razaq

Prison officer Ayshea Gunn, top, was jailed for one year at Mold Crown Court in 2019 after having an affair with dangerous criminal Khuram Razaq, bottom, at HMP Berwyn in North Wales
Emily Watson

John McGee

Emily Watson, top, was jailed for one year after she performed a sex act on inmate John McGee, bottom
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