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The inmate, in his 40s, was attacked at HMP Thameside

A prisoner has died after his throat was slashed inside a privately-run jail.

The inmate, in his 40s, was attacked at HMP Thameside in Greenwich, south-east London, at about 02:30 GMT on Sunday, the Met Police said.

He was pronounced dead at the Category B prison, which is run by the private company Serco and holds about 1,200 inmates.

A male prisoner in his late 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Scotland Yard said the inmate was discovered “suffering from a slash injury to his throat” and he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

“Officers are working to inform his next of kin. Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course,” a spokesperson added.

Trish Mitchell, Serco contract director at HMP Thameside, said: “Sadly there has been a death at HMP Thameside. A man has been arrested and our staff are working closely with the police.”

HMP Thameside serves courts in east and south-east London and has an “extremely high turnover of prisoners” with the average stay a “mere 36 days”, according to an inspection report in 2017.

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