Cameras 'switched off' in prison before Chesterfield's Marc Maltby died

The mother of a young Chesterfield man who died in Nottingham prison says cameras inside the jail were 'switched off' before he passed away.

Monday, 23rd October 2017, 2:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 11:50 am
The late Marc Maltby.

As reported last Tuesday, the body of Marc Maltby, 23, was found in HMP Nottingham.

He was the fifth inmate to die there within a month and the second from Derbyshire.

His mother Sharon Whitford, 43, of Gloucester Road, Newbold, said today: "The cameras were switched off 24 hours before Marc's death but we don't know who did this or why."

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Sharon Whitford holding a picture of her son Marc Maltby (in the white top) who was sadly found dead in Nottingham prison. Picture by Brian Eyre.

A Ministry of Justice (MOJ) spokesman said CCTV was not live on four wings at the time for maintenance work and added it was now fully operational.

Mrs Whitford added that an autopsy into her son's death concluded he died by hanging and said there were no suspicious circumstances.

"We are asking for a second autopsy," she said.

The MOJ spokesman added: "As with all deaths in custody, independent investigations by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman are ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

Sharon Whitford holding a picture of her son Marc Maltby (in the white top) who was sadly found dead in Nottingham prison. Picture by Brian Eyre.

Mrs Whitford has launched a JustGiving page to raise money to give her son the 'best possible send-off' - CLICK HERE TO DONATE.