A prison officer’s account of his work at Parkhurst in a new book


A BRUTALLY honest account of life inside Parkhurst Prison has been revealed in a new book, written by a prison warden.

David Berridge, best known on the Isle of Wight as an extreme adventurer whose ultra-distance challenges have been documented by the County Press over the years, has now put pen to paper.

His book is in such demand that parts of it will be serialized in The Sun.

Available now, Inside Parkhurst – Stories of a Prison Officer, is available on Asda, Tesco, Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon and The Word.

It details the assaults, riots, cell fires, suicides, guns and medical emergencies, which David all encountered in his 22 years behind the great walls of the Isle of Wight prison.

He talks about serial killers, gangsters, psychopaths and terrorists he had to contend with as they spent their time behind bars.

The book’s promotion states: “Inside Parkhurst is his raw, uncompromising look at what’s really going on behind massive walls and menacing doors.

“Thrown into the deep end, David quickly had to figure out how to deal with the most cunning and volatile prisoners, and learn to avoid their many scams.

“He was assaulted and mistreated; he fought cell fires and suicide attempts, riots and dirty protests; he helped thwart escape plans, took inmates from protests to rooftops, saw prisoners set themselves on fire, and prevented prisoners from attempting to murder other prisoners.

“And now he’s taking us for the first time to this secret world.

“With this strikingly honest tale, he guides us through the wings, the isolation unit, the hospital and the exercise yard, and gives vivid portraits of drug use, hookah making. , the constant and unstoppable violence and the extraordinary lengths of our prison guards. to go every day.

“Divided into three parts – the first of David’s early years on the wings, the second in the middle of his career, and the third in his disillusioned final years – David will take readers to the heart of the inner life and spotlight the escalation of the violence and impact of government cuts on the wings.

“Both gruesome and hilarious, David’s diaries are guaranteed to shock and entertain in equal measure.”

Waterstones said: “Shocking, disturbing and yet often hilarious, Berridge’s uncompromising account of life in HMP Parkhurst covers all aspects of prison life, from violent assaults to illicit canoe-making with candor and an irresistible humanity. ”

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